Contested Discourses on Violence, Social Justice, and Peacebuilding Among Indonesian Muslims

  • Yayah Khisbiyah
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)

Indonesia: State, Society, and Religion in Tension

Religion has been a highly pervasive aspect of human societies and has played an important role in the life of human beings. At the individual-personal level, religion instils a sense of purpose and meaning in life and produces morally conscious believers. At the societal level, religion has been instrumental in aiding the progress of human civilizations throughout the globe. Religious beliefs have played a key role in many social movements to alter unjust systems. Islamic religious leaders (mullahs) in Iran, for instance, played a key role in overthrowing the despotic, authoritarian imperial rule of Shah Reza Pahlevi in 1979. Similarly, the Catholic priests and bishops in the Philippines helped overthrow Ferdinand Marcos’ totalitarian government in 1986. Many church leaders, to give another example, also played a vital role in the fight to abolish slavery and later to promote the civil rights movement in the United States (Giddens, 2001...


Social Justice Muslim Community Violent Conflict Structural Violence Religious Pluralism 
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I would like to thank Diane Bretherton for her valuable guidance and comments on an earlier version of this article which was a part of a Ph.D. dissertation she supervised at the Psychology Department, University of Melbourne, Australia. I am also grateful to Djamaludin Ancok and Komaruddin Hidayat, who gave feedback on the later version.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yayah Khisbiyah
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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentUniversitas Muhammadiyah SurakartaUSA

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