About the Seminar
Although Islamic parties were deemed to be on the decline in Indonesia, the parliamentary election in April has shown their resilience. This is especially so for the parties affiliated with the country’s two largest Islamic organisations, the traditionalist Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and the reformist Muhammadiyah. Indeed, both the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the National Mandate Party (PAN) managed to mobilise respectively the NU and Muhammadiyah circles to establish themselves as mid-sized parties. They are now considered key players in the coalition-building process led by front-runners of the upcoming presidential election, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) from the Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) and Prabowo Subianto from the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra).
Indeed, the probable Jokowi-Prabowo showdown seems more and more to be drawing a line between Islamic traditionalists and puritan-reformists, with the former supporting PDIP and the latter rooting for Gerindra. Could this signify the return of aliran (”streams”) politics in Indonesia? Do these alliances reflect contesting views on the role of Islam in public life? Will the state’s secularist foundations and religious pluralism risk being challenged? To answer these essential questions, this seminar will provide insights into the latest developments on the national political scene and the internal dynamics of the traditionalist and puritan-reformist currents in this crucial period for Indonesia.
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