“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.”
More than a celebration of Jose Casanova’s “Public Religions in the Modern World” and its argument, this conference was an invitation to examine the global transformations of religions in the public sphere in the last twenty-five years.
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.
Professor Hefner outlines how efforts to build a sustainable consensus on both character education and citizenship have been made more difficult by two contemporary trends.
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 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.
Global experts discuss the role of faith-based actors in the areas of forced migration and humanitarian issues, ways in which religion offers both motivation and resources to tackle these challenges, as well as how religion and politics intersect to address migrant crises.
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.
“My biggest concern is that the country seems to be more divided than ever, even more than when we voted for independence.”
“Unfortunately, the violent means used by the protesters in Cetinje overshadowed the legitimate reasons and revulsion felt by people in Montenegro with the inauguration being held in Cetinje.”
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.
As we enter a second holy season in a pandemic, Dean Najam discusses how communities of faith have tried to maintain a sense of community despite COVID-19.
Woodrow Wilson is among most influential presidents in U.S. foreign policy history, and the most pious. So what was the role of religion in Wilson’s worldview?
“Martin’s analyses invited readers to take a momentary analytic leap and recognize a common humanity and existential dilemma in the mostly poor Pentecostals he described.”
The Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations will become a special program within the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at the Pardee School.
Dean Adil Najam spoke at an international workshop on “Abrahamic Traditions and Environmental Change” held on the island of Rhodes, Greece.
Prof. Jeremy Menchik spoke as part of the Pardee School Research Seminar Series.