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In humiliating conditions, Indonesia's fourth president, Abdurrahman Wahid was once compelled from workplace in August 2001 after below years within the activity. Wahid, virtually blind and bodily vulnerable after a few strokes, used to be largely misunderstood within the West, even being visible as a just a little comical determine. yet in Indonesia the Muslim student affectionately referred to as Gus Dur to hundreds of thousands of individuals had lengthy been respected by way of a lot of his countrymen and hugely revered via the country's elites. His existence have been one in every of nice public provider to his fellow electorate, his faith and his trust in liberal democracy. during this permitted biography, a lot of it in line with exact first-hand statement, Greg Barton introduces us to either the guy and his global and makes an attempt to make feel of his arguable public occupation and presidency. Barton has recognized Wahid on the grounds that 1989, whilst he all started discovering the impression of Islamic liberalism in Indonesia, and has to that end spend many months along with his topic, together with seven months in the course of Wahid's 21-month presidency, either in Indonesia and vacationing with him out of the country. somebody who's in any respect attracted to the drama of contemporary Indonesia will locate this view from the interior to be a necessary learn.

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They were members of a Dutch parliamentary delegation, many of them born in the Maluku Islands, and were in Jakarta trying to raise support to combat the violence that continued unabated in Ambon. Abdurrahman turned to Amien and invited him to respond to the questions. ‘You know all about it, you know what to say,’ he said. And indeed Amien did. Amien spoke as if he were a protégé of Abdurrahman. He talked about the difference between religious sentiment and so-called religious violence and argued cogently and persuasively for tolerance, understanding and patience.

I am particularly appreciative of the Dean’s publication support scheme which made it possible for me to spend the first half of 2000 focusing almost exclusively on hammering out a manuscript. I am also grateful for the permission from several parties for me to use material in this book. I thank the photographers at the Presidential Palace, Antara news agency, Kompas newspaper and the Wahid family for the use of some of their photographs. I also thank the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald for allowing me to use in the epilogue material that I earlier wrote for publication in their pages on 28 July 2001.

DPR Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat (People’s Representative Council). Indonesia’s 500-member parliament. dwifungsi The important military doctrine of ‘dual function’, used to justify the military’s role in politics during Soeharto’s New Order. fiqh Islamic jurisprudence. Fordem Forum Demokrasi (Democracy Forum). Established in March 1991 under the chairmanship of Abdurrahman Wahid, a high-profile ginger-group of forty-five intellectuals and activists drawn from across the spectrum of Indonesian society.

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