Indonesia And The Muslim World: Islam And Secularism In The Foreign Policy Of Soeharto & Beyond (Nias Reports No. 50)
by Anak Agung Banyu Perwita
About This Book
The US-led "War on Terror" has sparked much anger and opposition in many Islamic countries and societies. Although this scenario seems particularly understandable in Indonesia, the country with the world's largest Muslim population, there are a host of undercurrents in the Indonesian response. Since independence, military and bureaucratic elites have worked towards forging a more secular nationalist Indonesian identity out of a multi-ethnic and multi-religious mix, and this has provoked religious opposition. This dynamic has shaped Indonesia's perspective of the outside world, as well as its encounter with the world at large.
This study explores Islam as a domestic political variable in Indonesia's foreign policy since independence. Using material largely from the New Order period of Indonesian history as well as more recent material, the author argues that Indonesia's foreign policy is increasingly based on political struggles at home.
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