Religious Extremism Among Students in Indonesia Major Campuses


About the Webinar

Several surveys, journal articles and reports have discussed the rise of religious extremism among youths in Indonesia. However, few have discussed religious extremism among students in Indonesian universities. This webinar aims to explore the factors that cause Indonesian university students to subscribe to Islamic extremist ideas. It also analyses the effectiveness of government and campus policies in tackling religious extremism among students. It argues that university students internalise extremist narratives found in the public and/or private spheres, through their attendance of regular meetings and consumption of online postings, and through the participation in public and publicly accessible online events such as webinars organised by student organisations, that promote extremist ideas pertaining to Islam. The lack of narratives on moderate Islam in the public and/or private spheres exacerbated the rise of religious extremism among university students. The government and campus authorities have formulated and implemented strategies to tackle religious extremism among university students, but they largely work in silos. Hence, their strategies are not fully effective due to the dearth of multi-institutional cooperation. This webinar is based on, among other primary and secondary sources, in-depth interviews with student activists, campus authorities and government officials during a one-month-long field trip to some major Indonesian campuses in Yogyakarta, Jakarta and Bandung between October and November 2021.

About the Speaker

A’an Suryana is Visiting Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. Previously, he worked as research consultant for various international and local organizations such as Search for Common Ground, Jakarta Provincial Government and the Indonesian Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucracy Reform. He earned a PhD in Asian Studies from the Australian National University, which he completed in 2018.


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Jan 28 2022


10:00 am - 11:00 am