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Democracy and Islam in Indonesia$
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Alfred Stepan and Mirjam Künkler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161916

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161916.001.0001

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Indonesian Democratization in Theoretical Perspective

Indonesian Democratization in Theoretical Perspective

(p.3) 1 Indonesian Democratization in Theoretical Perspective
Democracy and Islam in Indonesia

Mirjam Künkler

Alfred Stepan

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter details the strides made by Indonesia in achieving a rapid democratic transition compared to its fellow Islamic nations. As the world's most populous Islamic nation, it has somehow reconciled its primary religion with the ideals of democracy and achieved significant progress in securing its citizens' political rights no matter their gender or creed. And as a veritable miracle of political science it doesn't seem long before Indonesia makes the leap towards democratic consolidation—a transition worthy of further attention in democratization studies—yet it is inevitable that, given the nation's troubled history, some obstacles will continue to impede any progress made toward consolidation. This book explores three facets of this consolidation, along with the numerous challenges the nation will have to face: the attitudinal dimension, the behavioral dimension, and the constitutional dimension.

Keywords:   Indonesia, democratic transition, Islamic nations, religion, democracy, political rights, democratization studies, democratic consolidation

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