Democracy and Islam in Indonesia by Mirjam KünklerDemocracy and Islam in Indonesia by Mirjam Künkler

Democracy and Islam in Indonesia

EditorMirjam Künkler, Alfred Stepan

Hardcover | August 27, 2013

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Indonesia's military government collapsed in 1998, igniting fears that economic, religious, and political conflicts would complicate any democratic transition. Yet in every year since 2006, the world's most populous Muslim country has received high marks from international democracy-ranking organizations. In this volume, political scientists, religious scholars, legal theorists, and anthropologists examine the theory and practice of Indonesia's democratic transition and its ability to serve as a model for other Muslim countries. They compare the Indonesian example with similar scenarios in Chile, Spain, India, and Tunisia, as well as with the failed transitions of Yugoslavia, Egypt, and Iran. Essays explore the relationship between religion and politics and the ways in which Muslims became supportive of democracy even before change occurred, and they describe how innovative policies prevented dissident military groups, violent religious activists, and secessionists from disrupting Indonesia's democratic evolution. The collection concludes with a discussion of Indonesia's emerging "legal pluralism" and of which of its forms are rights-eroding and rights-protecting.

Mirjam Künkler is assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.Alfred Stepan is the Wallace Sayre Professor of Government at Columbia University.
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Title:Democracy and Islam in IndonesiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231161905

ISBN - 13:9780231161909

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsChronologyPart I. Introduction1. Indonesian Democratization in Theoretical Perspective by Mirjam Künkler and Alfred Stepan2. Indonesian Democracy: From Transition to Consolidation by R. William Liddle and Saiful MujaniPart II. Attitudes: The Development of a Democratic Consensus by Religious and Political Actors3. How Pluralist Democracy Became the Consensual Discourse Among Secular and Nonsecular Muslims in Indonesia by Mirjam Künkler4. Christian and Muslim Minorities in Indonesia: State Policies and Majority Islamic Organizations by Franz Magnis-SusenoPart III. Behaviors: Challenges to the Democratic Transition and State and Their Transcendence5. Veto Player No More? The Declining Political Influence of the Military in Postauthoritarian Indonesia by Marcus Mietzner6. Indonesian Government Approaches to Radical Islam Since 1998 by Sidney Jones7. How Indonesia Survived: Comparative Perspectives on State Disintegration and Democratic Integration by Edward AspinallPart IV. Constitutionalism: The Role of Law and Legal Pluralism8. Contours of Sharia in Indonesia by John Bowen9. Unfinished Business: Law Reform by Tim Lindsey and Simon ButtGlossaryNotesSelected BibliographyContributorsIndex

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Democratization literature in political science has few in-depth studies of democratic transitions in Muslim-majority societies. The abundant literature on Islam and politics in Indonesia has largely neglected to compare Indonesia's transition with those in other parts of the world. In this well-written and theoretically engaging volume, Künkler and Stepan bring together leading figures from political science and Indonesian studies to address both of these intellectual shortcomings. The result is the best volume currently available on the role of Islam and Muslims in Indonesia's democratic transition. This important book should be required reading for specialists of Indonesia and all those interested in how democracy might be constructed in Muslim-majority countries.