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JAKARTA, KOMPAS – Kekerasan di Indonesia bisa dihindari meskipun konflik kerap kali terjadi. Hal tersebut tak hanya bisa diwujudkan lewat peran negara, tetapi juga komitmen bersama masyarakat dengan mengedepankan identitas kesatuan. Buku Konflik dan Perdamaian Etnis di Indonesia karya Samsu Rizal Panggabean (alm) diluncurkan dan didiskusikan...

Jakarta Post | Fri, June 21 2013 | Paper Edition | Page: 6 One night, when we were about to sleep, my 5-year-old daughter said, “Daddy, I want to wake up early and perform dawn prayer (subuh) with you tomorrow morning.” Spontaneously, I asked, “Why?” She quickly answered and it...

Paper presented at Conference on "Pluralism vs Intolerance," Centre for Democratic Institutions, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, November 26, 2012. (Please, do not to be cited without permission)  Human rights institutes in Indonesia report an increase of incidents of sectarian and interreligious conflict in Indonesia. These include...

A  popular quote  says  'silence  is golden'. However, this quote is never a single truth. Silence oftentimes could backfire as with the case of violence. By being silent, violence could reproduce violence, and this self­repeating process will create a vicious circle. It is this destructive...

This presentation was originally written for and presented at the International Conference on Religion, Business, and Contestation, Petaling Jaya, University of Malaya, 28 June 2012. In this presentation,  I will discuss three  interconnected  elements that depict current interreligious life in  Indonesia, which are the religious landscape, the...

Improving peaceful coexistence between majority and minority religious groups in contemporary Indonesia remains an uphill challenge for the country’s commitment to religious freedom. The role of the state is crucial in nurturing this relationship. The ongoing obstruction of the establishment of the GKI Yasmin Church in...

"Encounter", ABC Radio, Australia Sunday, 22 May 2011 The pulsing, talkative pluralism of Indonesia must deal with a difficult strain of intolerance for minority religious beliefs and practices. There's some dangerous and challenging ground here, for majority and minorities, and a government that shows a deal of...