Incubators for Extremists? Radicalism and Moderation in Indonesia's Islamic Education System
Source TitleCILIS Policy Paper Series
PublisherCentre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne Author/sTaylor, Kathryn
AffiliationCentre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society
CitationsMakruf, J. (2014). Incubators for Extremists? Radicalism and Moderation in Indonesia's Islamic Education System. Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, University of Melbourne.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access URLPublished version
Islamic schools and universities in Indonesia have been accused of producing militant Islamist extremists. The Bali bombers, for example, attended ‘hard-line’ (garis keras) schools and a recent spate of book-bombs targeting champions of Islamic moderation were sent by a student at the State Islamic University. But is this perception actually correct? This paper looks at the struggle between moderate and extremist ideas in Indonesia’s madrasahs and Islamic tertiary institutions and its implications for Australian policy. It asks whether Islamic thought in Southeast Asia is becoming more or less radical; whether education in Islamic societies should be reformed to counter extremist ideas; and if so, how.
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