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Islam and Democracy in Indonesia

Chatham House, London


Michael Buehler, Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Department of Politics and International Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies
Chair: John Swenson-Wright, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House


Since the collapse of the authoritarian New Order regime in 1998, hundreds of Islamic laws have been adopted across Indonesia. The speaker will argue that this development is closely related to the democratization of politics and the introduction of competitive elections in the world's largest Muslim-majority country. The talk will not only examine the origins of the 'sharia-ization' of Indonesian local politics but also examine its consequences for Indonesia's democratization efforts.