Journal article

The ‘Floating’ Ummah in the Fall of ‘Ahok’ in Indonesia

Vedi Hadiz

TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia | Cambridge University Press | Published : 2019

Abstract

The article examines the idea of a ‘floating’ ummah in Indonesia today that affects the workings of Indonesian Islamic politics and democracy itself. It is asserted that the ummah, or community of believers, are more disconnected from the large mainstream Islamic organisational vehicles in Indonesia than is often claimed. A considerable cross-section of this community has become increasingly disaffected with the status quo, as social inequalities sharpen and educated youths who face uncertain futures find appeal in the tough rhetoric of fringe Islamic organisations. This rhetoric emphasises absolute standards of morality as a solution to social and economic predicaments, thereby resulting in..

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