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Indonesia's decision to disband the Muslim hardline group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) is a welcome admission of the threat which extremist groups pose to the plural society and the unitary politics of South-east Asia's largest nation. HTI opposes Indonesia's social plurality by calling for hardline Islamic law in a religiously diverse nation. And it transgresses the boundaries of unitary politics by wanting to bring all Muslims into a caliphate. That would put the country's Muslims outside the sovereign sway of the Indonesian nation-state.

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