Indonesia launches a new group to combat extremism

Moderate Muslims in Indonesia have launched a new civil society group to promote interreligious tolerance in a country where religious and ethnic sentiments are on the rise, ahead of a presidential election in 2019. More than 200 people, including religious leaders such as Jakarta’s Catholic archbishop, as well as politicians, attended the Aug 1 launch of the Said Aqil Siroj Institute in Jakarta. The new non-profit organization is named after a prominent Muslim cleric who now serves as chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization.


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