Indonesia's growing Islamic divide

The polarisation as seen in the latest election results will affect inter-faith and intra-faith relations for years to come

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Much of the media commentary on Indonesia's presidential election last month has focused on the role of Islam. Many writers have spoken about Islam in largely monolithic terms, as if it were a single political force.

But the election is much more accurately characterised as a pitched contest between competing forces within Islam.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2019, with the headline Indonesia's growing Islamic divide. Subscribe