Posts with tag: Nahdlatul Ulama

Nahdlatul Ulama’s new chair faces a difficult choice: political neutrality or patronage

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What will the election of Yahya Cholil Staquf as the new leader of Nahdlatul Ulama mean for Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation, and politics more broadly?

Nahdlatul Ulama leadership race vulnerable to political intervention

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As the race for Nahdlatul Ulama's next leader heats up, there are already indications that competition between the two leading contenders is becoming increasingly politicised.

Indonesian sympathy for a ‘changed’ Taliban: more harm than good

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Some Indonesian political elites and Islamic leaders have expressed rather hopeful views on the future of governance in Afghanistan under the Taliban. This could be dangerous.

Isolation blues: a legislative failure at the heart of Indonesia’s national ideology

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Nadirsyah Hosen and Jeremy J Kingsley look at the debate over the Pancasila guidelines bill and argue that one of Pancasila's main strengths is its ambiguity.

The politics of fighting intolerance

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Ahmad Syarif Syechbubakr writes that mainstream Muslim organisations have enthusiastically backed government efforts to fight intolerance because they are concerned about conservative groups' growing popularity, not just their intolerance.

Trading blows: NU versus PKS

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Last month, Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) leaders criticised a senior Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) figure for visiting Israel, sparking a furious online campaign of retaliation from young NU-linked activists. Associate Professor Greg Fealy takes a closer look at the escalating tensions and what they might mean for next year's elections.

Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah struggle with internal divisions in the post-Soeharto era

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Recent years have seen significant divisions within Indonesia's two largest Muslim organisations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah. Ahmad Syarif Syechbubakr looks at the causes of these divisions and how they are affecting the organisations' religious and political positions.

Talking Indonesia: religious authority in Islam

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Are we seeing a conservative turn in Indonesian Islam? What new Islamic organisations are emerging, and what challenges do they pose to mainstream organisations such as NU and Muhammadiyah? Dr Charlotte Setijadi explores these questions and more with Dr Ahmad Najib Burhani in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Anti-Ahok protests: why were Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah sidelined?

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The recent protests against Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama saw groups like the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) come to the fore, while mainstream Muslim organisations Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah saw their influence wane. Ahmad Syarif Syechbubakr writes that NU and Muhammadiyah leaders need to rethink their approach.

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