Indonesia taking action to boost moderate Islam

But religious experts say more needs to be done amid rising intolerance, radicalisation

Indonesian Muslims waving the Hizbut Tahrir flag during an anti-government rally in Jakarta in July 2017, to condemn a decree banning groups that oppose Indonesia's official state ideology. The decree was seen as targeting radical Islamists in the co
Indonesian Muslims waving the Hizbut Tahrir flag during an anti-government rally in Jakarta in July 2017, to condemn a decree banning groups that oppose Indonesia's official state ideology. The decree was seen as targeting radical Islamists in the country with the world's largest Muslim population. Since then, the government has been making efforts to ensure Indonesian Muslims remain on the moderate path.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A new university campus in Indonesia is being built by the Joko Widodo government to be a showcase for moderate Islam, in a country riven by the rise of conservative Muslims and their active participation in recent elections.

Work on Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia (UIII) began in June last year. Classes on its campus in Depok township on the outskirts of Jakarta will start late next year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2019, with the headline 'Indonesia taking action to boost moderate Islam'. Print Edition | Subscribe