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Pancasila/Sharia : contemporary Islamism and the politics of post Soeharto Indonesia Preston, Trevor W.


This thesis examines several dynamics of Islamic politics and Islamism in contemporary post-Soeharto Indonesia. Islamism in Indonesia is investigated both through the lens of a social movement and through its ability to effect political and social change for contemporary Indonesian society. Historical and post-independence contexts of Islamism are briefly covered, before a survey of Islam in contemporary Indonesian politics is presented. Ultimately, this thesis argues that Islamism has achieved some success and influence presently through its articulation of a religiously inspired agenda, but present divisions related to competing external strategies dealing with state, and its own internal fractures, will continue to hamper Indonesian Islamism as a fully effective realized social movement.

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