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A History of Islam in Indonesia$
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Carool Kersten

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780748681839

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681839.001.0001

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An Indonesian Islam?

An Indonesian Islam?

(p.131) Chapter 5 An Indonesian Islam?
A History of Islam in Indonesia

Carool Kersten

Edinburgh University Press

The history of postcolonial Indonesia can therefore be divided into three periods, dominated by different regimes with its own characteristics, during which Islamisation process has continued to evolve. The Sukarno presidency (1945-1965) marks the first period, during which Mayumi established itself as the main Islamic political party. It began with decade of continuing nation building when the young republic was first engaged in armed conflict with the Dutch; experimented with liberal democracy; but then shifted toward ‘Guided Democracy’ and the disbanding of Masyumi. During the same twenty-year period, the unity of Indonesia was also challenged by the Islamist Darul Islam movement. A military coup in 1965 heralded the beginning of the military New Order Regime of General Suharto (1965-1998). Political Islam was kept control and occasionally manipulating it for its own purposes. From the 1970s onward, New Order did make some allowances for Muslim participation in governance, initiating further use of Islam for political purposes between 1983—1993. After the dramatic regime change in 1998, the democratisation process that started in 1999 saw an unprecedented opening-up of the public sphere. This change in Indonesia’s political climate offered new opportunities for socio-political activism across the Islamic spectrum, but also presented a new set of challenges for the world’s largest Muslim nation state. Islamic mass organisations, newly formed political parties, NGOs, think tanks and other platforms began presenting a range of competing Islamic discourses.

Keywords:   Independence, Political Islam, Democracy, Sukarno, Suharto, Masyumi

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