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Islamic Sects in Indonesia: The Enemy Within-Ahmadiyya in Indonesia

Maret 19, 2009
Islamic Sects in Indonesia:
The Enemy Within-Ahmadiyya in Indonesia 
Muhamad Ali
Religious Studies Department
University of California at Riverside
Islam is the religion of the majority of Indonesia, but there are Muslim minorities considered “heretical” (sesat), particularly the Ahmadiyya. This timely talk discusses the contentious issue surrounding charges of heresy associated with this movement, and explores the ways in which this form of Islam has become “mainstream” whereas other forms of Islam have become minority and marginalized in Indonesia. It will trace Ahmadiyya’s development from British India to the Dutch East Indies, and on to postcolonial Indonesia. It will address how the state, the Council of Islamic Scholars (MUI), religious organizations, and the media construct and contest boundaries between the Islamic and the non-Islamic, between the fundamental and the non-fundamental, between the foreign and the indigenous, and between social order and religious freedom.
Date: Friday, March 20th, 2009
Time: 3.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Venue: Tokioka Room, Moore 319
About the Speaker

Muhamad Ali is an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of California at Riverside. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Specializing in Islamic studies, Muhamad Ali has written and spoken extensively on jihad, violence and peace, gender relations, Islam and the West, interfaith dialog and global education, Islam and politics, and religious pluralism. Professor Ali teaches courses such as Qur’anic studies, Islam and international relations, Muslim politics, Asian religions, Islam in Southeast Asia, and Peace in the Middle East.
Professor Ali can be contacted at
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