“The challenges that Indonesian democracy faces have more to do with structural vulnerabilities that are plaguing or afflicting democracy around the world than they do anything specific to ‘Islam’ or Muslim society in Indonesia.”
Among the world’s Muslim majority countries, Indonesia has been the most successful in transitioning to a functioning and fair electoral democracy as well as upholding a tradition of multiethnic and multireligious citizenship; this is something the whole world can learn from.
Under what conditions will Islamists moderate to support democracy and pluralism? Under what conditions will they adopt more exclusive behavior?
Professor Hefner’s remarks echoed the findings of his recent paper, which analyzes the causes and consequences of the “conservative turn” in Indonesian Muslim politics in democratic Indonesia.
The documentary – “Religion in Quarantine: The Covid Pandemic in Indonesia” – traces the response of Indonesia’s diverse religious communities to the COVID-19 pandemic from early 2020 to late 2021.
Professor Hefner discusses Indonesia’s transition to democracy, how it stands alone as the only Muslim majority country to make a successful transition to democracy, and forces that threaten that democracy.
As a co-chair of the Task Force, Gallagher will be in charge of the process of calling for policy briefs and organizing various internal as well as external events that ensure the alignment of the T20 and G20 agenda.
Professor Hefner and fellow experts highlight ongoing religious freedom issues facing two of the largest democracies in the world: India and Indonesia.
Based on forthcoming research, Professor Hefner’s remarks explore the declining momentum of Islamist movements in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the temporary rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
In his remarks, Professor Hefner spoke about how Islamic educators in the state Islamic University system have played such a pivotal role in communicating that democracy and multireligious citizenship are in fact compatible with Islam.
Although Indonesia’s democracy continues to face challenges from Islamist populists, Hefner suggested those challenges have more to do with old-regime alliances than they do qualities of Islamic culture or public ethics.
Professor Hefner addresses the question of how you measure the progress of human civilization in the current age, the balance and collaboration between religion and democracy, as well as lessons that the world can learn from Indonesia.
Professor Hefner was among three keynote speakers who discussed directions of and challenges to democracy and civil society in Indonesia today.
Professor Hefner discusses his recent book and the lessons that can be learned from Indonesia regarding Islam, Citizenship, and the transition to Democracy.
The Nahdlatul Ulama-initiated center seeks to bridge cultural, religious and ideological differences in order to foster the emergence of a global civilization endowed with compassionate and tolerant character.
The IS4, sponsored by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, will bring together social science experts from across the globe to discuss pressing issues facing Indonesia.
“I emphasize that Indonesia is a country which successfully develops the most effective modern Islamic education. Indeed, Muhammadiyah contributes to the most success.”
Professor Hefner will lead the United States’ main sponsor and clearing house for research on and in Indonesia for a three year term.
Professor Menchick said it was impressive how Jokowi’s remarks laid out how Indonesia must be wary of all great powers.
Prof. Robert Hefner releases the first of his six co-produced documentaries, “Indonesian Pluralities,” in Indonesia.