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Unveiling Surprises: Muslim Names in Indonesia

During his initial visit to Indonesia, renowned academic Dr. Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi encountered a person named Vishnu at the airport, assuming him to be Hindu due to his name. To his astonishment, Vishnu turned out to be a Muslim. This encounter was just the beginning of numerous surprises that awaited Dr. Rafiabadi during his five-year tenure as a visiting faculty on Islamic studies and philosophy in Indonesian universities from 2015 to 2020.

Dr. Rafiabadi remarked on the prevalence of names with Hindu associations, such as Vishnu or “Ironi,” among the local Muslim population in Indonesia. As an expert in Indian and Gandhian philosophy, he also delivered lectures on these subjects, capturing the Indonesian people’s curiosity in both Buddhist and Muslim philosophies from India.

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