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Abdurrahman Wahid, Muslim Democrat, Indonesian President: A by Greg Barton

By Greg Barton

In humiliating situations, Indonesia's fourth president, Abdurrahman Wahid was once compelled from place of work in August 2001 after under years within the activity. Wahid, nearly blind and bodily vulnerable after a few strokes, used to be extensively misunderstood within the West, even being noticeable as a slightly comical determine. yet in Indonesia the Muslim pupil affectionately often called Gus Dur to thousands of individuals had lengthy been respected by means of lots of his countrymen and hugely revered through the country's elites. His lifestyles have been one in all nice public carrier to his fellow electorate, his faith and his trust in liberal democracy. during this permitted biography, a lot of it according to specified first-hand remark, Greg Barton introduces us to either the fellow and his international and makes an attempt to make feel of his debatable public occupation and presidency. Barton has identified Wahid on account that 1989, while he all started gaining knowledge of the effect of Islamic liberalism in Indonesia, and has for this reason spend many months together with his topic, together with seven months in the course of Wahid's 21-month presidency, either in Indonesia and vacationing with him overseas. a person who's in any respect attracted to the drama of contemporary Indonesia will locate this view from the interior to be an important learn.

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TNI Tentara Nasional Indonesia (Indonesian National Army). It replaced ABRI in 1999 as a collective term for the three wings of the Indonesian military — army, navy and airforce — but excludes the police, who were part of ABRI traditionalism See modernism. ulama religious scholars; in Indonesian also used instead of the Arabic singular alim. 1+/(, the term is used most often to refer to religious communities, especially the Muslim community. wali A holy man, an Islamic scholar or saint with extraordinary spiritual powers.

Jihad Striving, or struggling, for the purposes of God, either in the sense of a spiritual or moral struggle or in the sense of a just war. jilbab Traditional Islamic woman’s head scarf worn tightly so as to completely cover the wearer’s neck and hair, much like the wimple of a Catholic nun. KAHMI Korps Alumni HMI (HMI Alumni Corps). See HMI. kiai A Javanese term applied to religious scholars (ulama), generally in the context of leadership within pesantren society. Khittah 1926 Charter of 1926.

They were members of a Dutch parliamentary delegation, many of them born in the Maluku Islands, and were in Jakarta trying to raise support to combat the violence that continued unabated in Ambon. Abdurrahman turned to Amien and invited him to respond to the questions. ‘You know all about it, you know what to say,’ he said. And indeed Amien did. Amien spoke as if he were a protégé of Abdurrahman. He talked about the difference between religious sentiment and so-called religious violence and argued cogently and persuasively for tolerance, understanding and patience.

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