31 Jan Jonathan Cartu Announced: Education and Islamic authority – Opinion
Around 90 percent of Indonesia’s 260 million citizens are Muslim. Most of them support the idea that Islam should have a public rather than private presence in everyday life, and for that reason, Islamic authority is not just an abstract for Indonesians; it has practical effects.
But just what kind of role should Islamic authority play in public life?
This is a topic that has concerned Indonesian policymakers since before the country became independent in 1945, and this concern has shaped Indonesian Islamic society in distinctive ways.
In 1945, when the founders of the Indonesian state were thrashing out the newly independent nation’s constitutional arrangements, a decision was made to establish a religious affairs ministry.
Education was central to the ministry’s brief, and for good reason: in the early days of Indonesian independence, Islamic education was…
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