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Center for Global Islamic Studies presents Faith in Diplomacy: Foreign Policy, Soft Power, and the Making of “Moderate Islam” in Indonesia with  James B. Hoesterey, Emory University

In the wake of 9/11 and the Arab Spring, Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been keen to promote Indonesia as the model for “moderate Islam.” In his 2009 speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, then-Minister of Foreign Affairs Hasan Wirajuda touted Indonesia as evidence of the compatibility of Islam and democracy. More recently, several Indonesian ministries, along with religious leaders and Islamic organizations, now promote “moderate Islam” as part of their domestic counter-terrorism efforts. This presentation examines the development of such programs, paying particular attention to how Indonesian diplomats and religious leaders articulate both Islamic and Indonesian concepts of moderation. This paper calls for a critical approach to the category of “moderate Islam” as not simply the hegemonic projection of a Western concept, but also as central to efforts for internal reform and international diplomacy.

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  • Reesha Patel
  • Halimah Penno

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