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Advocacy for Religious Freedom in Democratizing Indonesia

Bagir, Zainal Abidin
The Review of Faith and International Affair

The religious freedom perspective as it developed in Indoneia, 15 years after the start of democratization, responds to two main problems. First, religious freedom is a new language in the attempt to provide a better framework for the management of the rich diversity of religious expressions in Indonesia, with its long tradition of world and local religions, orthodoxy, syncretism, and conservative and liberal engagement. At the more practical level, it is employed to deal with inter-and intra-religious disputes.