In response to the rising threat of ISIS and its violent ideology, Indonesia’s prominent Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), took decisive action in the mid-nineties. Recognizing the need to safeguard the nation’s youth from terrorist allure, NU, boasting an estimated 52 to 95 million members, convened a crucial assembly.
Embracing Indonesia’s unique brand of Islam, which promotes acceptance of other faiths, cultural diversity, and rejects the concept of a Caliphate, NU introduced “Islam Nusantara” or “Islam of the Archipelago.”
This doctrine presented a powerful counter-narrative to ISIS’ rigid and extremist ideology. Nahdlatul Ulama’s 33rd national conference in August 2015 centered around this transformative concept.
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