Carnegie Council Appoints Pacific Delegates for October Fact-Finding Trip to Indonesia on Religion and Tolerance

Carnegie Council Pacific Delegates to Indonesia, October 2017

Carnegie Council Pacific Delegates to Indonesia, October 2017

Amid growing Islamophobia and populism in Europe and the U.S, a more complete picture of Islam is crucial, and Indonesia can serve as an ideal case study to provide such a broader view.

In October 2017, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is conducting a fact-finding trip to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Led by Senior Fellow Devin Stewart, director of the Asia Dialogues program, the purpose of the trip is to investigate religion and tolerance.

As the largest Muslim nation, Indonesia has the potential to shape the way the world’s fastest growing and most contentious religion is perceived worldwide. While Indonesia has decided not to join the Saudi-led military alliance against terrorism, Indonesian Muslims are adding their own voice to the global, multifaceted narrative by promoting peace and tolerance via the activities of Nahdatul Ulama, the country’s largest Muslim organization. Nahdatul Ulama was founded as a counterforce to Wahhabism, which has been promoted in Java by Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Islam has been called a possible “counter-narrative” to radical Islam, and President Joko Widodo has spoken of the aspiration that Indonesia serve as a “leading light” in the Islamic world. Amid growing Islamophobia and populism in Europe and the United States, a more complete picture of Islam is crucial, and Indonesia can serve as an ideal case study to provide such a broader view.

Drawn from a variety of professional, regional, and academic backgrounds, the group of Pacific Delegates selected to join this trip are as follows:

Gullnaz Baig (Singapore) is a Ph.D. candidate in international history at the London School of Economics. She was formerly a senior…

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