The Indonesian model

Indonesia’s example could greatly benefit Tunisia and perhaps other Arab societies in their struggle towards democracy.

By GIORA ELIRAZ
March 19, 2014 11:44
3 minute read.
Women attend a mass Eid al-Adha prayer in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, last October

Women attend a mass Eid al-Adha prayer in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, last October. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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OVER THE past few years, Indonesia, home to the largest Muslim community in the world, has been conducting a dialogue on democracy with Egypt and Tunisia. It was largely triggered by Indonesia’s ambition to advance democracy in Muslim, especially Arab, states. By exporting its own successful model, Indonesia hopes to prove that Islam is compatible with democracy and modernity.

To this end, Indonesia’s Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) has been hosting forums with Egyptian and Tunisian delegations on key subjects like Islam, state and politics; political and constitutional reforms; elections laws and management; the role of political parties and civil society; the role of the army in democratic society; and participation of women in the political process.

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