President Gus Dur’s Islamic indigenization vs radicalism

The Jakarta Post:
One of the central ideas proposed by Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid in the context of the cultural Islamic movement in Indonesia is what is referred to as the indigenization of Islam.

This idea remains very relevant, four years after Gus Dur’s demise on Dec. 30, 2009, amid the rise of Islamism and Islamic formalization efforts in the country.

However, how relevant is this idea in preventing religious radicalism?

I argue that the idea of the indigenization of Islam may indeed be the answer to religious understanding that is not contextual and rigid, but not enough to provide a solution to the problem of Islamic radicalism.

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This is because religious radicalism is not solely emerging from a group that has a puritanical religious understanding.

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