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Playing with Fire in Indonesia

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Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Walter Lohman

Series: WebMemo

Topic: Politics (Political status)

Keywords: Asia and the Pacific; PKS; Ahmadiyya; islamist

Type: Brief

Coverage: Indonesia

Abstract:

Indonesia is an extraordinarily resilient society. Its tolerant culture, religious traditions, and diversity cannot be easily subverted. Ample proof resides in what has proven a successful, centuries-long struggle with Islamism and its precursors--a triumph enshrined today in Indonesia's 10-year-old democracy. But Indonesia's democracy is more than a shrine. It is the battlefield in a continuing struggle of ideas.