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The Problem of Religious DiversityEuropean Challenges, Asian Approaches$
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Anna Triandafyllidou and Tariq Modood

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419086

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419086.001.0001

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The Governance of Religious Diversity in the Public Space: Indonesia in Comparative Perspective

The Governance of Religious Diversity in the Public Space: Indonesia in Comparative Perspective

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(p.141) 7 The Governance of Religious Diversity in the Public Space: Indonesia in Comparative Perspective
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The Problem of Religious Diversity
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Alfred Stepan

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419086.003.0007

This chapter investigates whether there should be more or less secularism in Indonesia and particularly, since religions can be neither wholly privatised nor allowed to dominate political life, what are the best ways of accommodating it in a democratic society, in line with this volume’s overall focus. Indeed, it should be pointed out that Indonesia lived under a military dictatorship from 1965 till 1998 so the question needs to be addressed first by asking if Indonesia is a democracy now; and if it is, what types of accommodations about religion Indonesians have made and why. I come at these questions as a specialist in subjects such as authoritarian regimes, military governments, the breakdown of democracies, failed and successful democratic transitions, and recently the role of religion and politics. My writing is normally comparative, and has often been based on field research in Brazil, Chile, Spain, India, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Senegal and Indonesia.

Keywords:   Governance, Indonesia, Comparative Perspective

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