Source: Jakarta Post
Indonesian and Mali envoys took on the US congress on Thursday to showcase that democracy is alive and functioning in their Muslim-majority nations, defying the widely held view in the West, and in some quarters in the Muslim world, that Islam and democracy clashed with one another.
The briefing on the “evolving compatibility between Islam and democracy” was the first of its kind on Capitol Hill, and it comes four months after a controversial congressional hearing on Muslim radicalization in the US which critics said had unnecessarily fanned Islamophobia.
“They have great stories to tell,” Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Washington) said when welcoming ambassadors Dino Patti Djalal of Indonesia and Mamadou Traore of Mali. Also taking part in the briefing was LaithKubba of the National Endowment for Democracy who spoke on Iraq. A representative from Bosnia-Herzegovina invited to talk about Europe failed to show up.