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.
“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.
“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.”
Prof. Robert Hefner releases the first of his six co-produced documentaries, “Indonesian Pluralities,” in Indonesia.
Prof. Robert Hefner attended a recent conference on “The Islamic Case for Religious Freedom,” in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Prof. Robert Hefner served as an advisor and discussant at the opening conference for the three-year research project on “Mediating Islam in the Digital Age.”
Colleagues, advisees, and friends of Prof. Augustus Richard Norton gathered to speak about the ways in which his research continues to influence and shape their ongoing work.
Professors Robert Hefner and Jeremy Menchik spoke at a workshop entitled “Islamist Movements in Indonesia and Turkey: Mobilization, Islamization, and Legitimacy.”
Prof. Robert Hefner coordinated a workshop on the role of Islam and Muslims in the 2019 presidential electoral campaign.
Prof. Robert Hefner delivered a keynote entitled “Indonesian Democracy and Nusantara Ethics: A Middle Path between Secular Liberalism and Religious Nationalism.”
Prof. Robert Hefner gave a talk entitled “Muslims, Markets, and the Middle Way for Economic Development: Morality not Just Self Interest.”
Prof. Robert Hefner gave a talk entitled “Islam, Democracy, and Muslim Populism in Indonesia and the Broader Muslim World.”