Does Democratization Imply Islamization? Lessons from Democratic Indonesia, the World's Largest Majority-Muslim Country

Anies Baswedan, President,Paramadina University in Jakarta

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Indonesia has undergone democratization since 1998.  Islamic political parties have re-emerged, but they have failed to gain significant support.  National politics in Indonesia todayare mainly secular.  Yet religious values are held in high regard, and religious sentiments are expressed in books, films, fashions, and television programs, among other media.  Why has this enthusiasm for religion not yielded a dominant role for Islamism as a political force?  The popularity of Islamic political parties has actually declined.  Why?  What factors have enabled non-religious parties to maintain political prominence while, at the same time, society has become more pious?

Anies Baswedan, currently president of Paramadina University in Jakarta, is a leading intellectual figure in Indonesia. In 2008, the editors of Foreign Policy named him one of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals. As an advisor to the Indonesian government, he is a leading proponent of democracy and transparency in Indonesia, a creative thinker about Islam and democracy, as well as a charismatic leader in the educational field. Anies Baswedan will be on campus in May 2011 through the International Visitors Program sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.  He was nominated by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. For more information about the International Programs that bring high-profile humanities and social science scholars to Stanford for short-term residencies, please see

Co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Southeast Asia Forum, and Stanford Humanities Center

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | 4:30 pm — 6:00 pm
Okimoto Conference Room, Encina Hall East, 3rd Floor

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