The Changing Interpretation of Religious Freedom in Indonesia

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TitleThe Changing Interpretation of Religious Freedom in Indonesia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsKim, H. - J.
JournalJournal of Southeast Asian Studies
Date PublishedSep

This article examines various interpretations of religious freedom in Indonesia and Muslim efforts to impose an Islamic view of religious freedom on the national legal system. It is argued that Islamic ideas of religious freedom, the core of which is that religious freedom cannot be attained without due attention and regulation, has been particularly adopted by the New Order government and that this has resulted in a gradual shift in grasping the relationship between followers of different religions, namely, from something that is the responsibility of an individual or a given religious community to something that should be handled and regulated through the family, the schools, the community and the government.