By Robert W. Hefner
Civil Islam tells the tale of Islam and democratization in Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim kingdom. tough stereotypes of Islam as adverse to democracy, this examine of braveness and reformation within the face of nation terror indicates percentages for democracy within the Muslim global and beyond.
Democratic within the early Fifties and with wealthy precedents for tolerance and civility, Indonesia succumbed to violence. In 1965, Muslim events have been drawn into the slaughter of part one million communists. within the aftermath of this bloodshed, a "New Order" regime got here to strength, suppressing democratic forces and instituting dictatorial controls that held for many years. but from this maelstrom of violence, repressed by way of the country and denounced via conservative Muslims, an Islamic democracy circulate emerged, reinforced, and performed a principal position within the 1998 overthrow of the Soeharto regime. In 1999, Muslim chief Abdurrahman Wahid used to be elected President of a reformist, civilian government.
In explaining how this success was once attainable, Robert Hefner emphasizes the significance of civil associations and public civility, yet argues that neither democracy nor civil society is feasible with out a civilized kingdom. opposed to portrayals of Islam as inherently antipluralist and undemocratic, he exhibits that Indonesia's Islamic reform move repudiated the objective of an Islamic nation, mobilized religiously ecumenical aid, promoted women's rights, and championed democratic beliefs. This widely interdisciplinary and well timed paintings heightens our information of democracy's invaluable pluralism, and areas Indonesia on the middle of our efforts to appreciate what makes democracy work.
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Civil Islam: Muslims and Democratization in Indonesia (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics) by Robert W. Hefner