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Is Indonesia heading down a path of intolerant Islam?

Recent changes to Indonesian laws suggest a rightward, less tolerant form of Islam. Should we be worried about more Islamist terrorism?

Episode 212 – Whither Indonesian Islam?

Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim nation – by far. Some 230 MILLION of its citizens – almost 90% of the population – subscribe to that faith. The interpretation of Islam most usually associated with Indonesia is tolerant – but is that changing. Recent changes to laws on extramarital sex and ‘blasphemy’ suggest a turn towards intolerance. With its history of Islamist terrorism should we be worried about this? Borealis weighs in with his thoughts on the matter.

Indonesia’s parliament passes law criminalizing sex outside marriage | CBC News

Indonesia: New Criminal Code Disastrous for Rights | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

Indonesian Islamic Boarding Schools: The Role of the Pesantren in Preventing the Spread of Islamic Extremism — Yale Journal of International Affairs

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd., a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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