Interreligious Harmony and Peacebuilding in Indonesian Islamic Education

  • Florian Pohl
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)

After a long period of authoritarian rule under the New Order regime of President Suharto (1965–1998), Indonesia has more recently embarked on a social and political transformation toward democratic reform. Although this transformation for the most part has been peaceful, the country has also witnessed a series of violent communal conflicts involving religious symbolism. Most notorious among these were the civil wars between Christian and Muslim communities in Central Sulawesi and the Moluccas that started in the late 1990s. Similarly, the bloodshed in Banyuangi and Situbondo, both in East Java, associated with the challenge to the New Order regime in the late 1990s and exacerbated by the economic crisis of 1997 included much religious rhetoric (Forrester & May, 1999). In the light of theories that posit the inevitability of clashes between different cultural or religious communities (e.g., Huntington, 1996), it is critical to ask how lasting harmony and peace among religiously or...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Florian Pohl
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  1. 1.Emory University’s Oxford College in GeorgiaUSA

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