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Indonesia: Islamic students ’embrace liberalism’ while science students are ‘drawn to fundamentalism’

Jakarta, 30 Nov. (AKI/Jakarta Post) – While students in Indonesia’s Islamic universities are embracing liberalism, their counterparts in science schools feel more drawn to fundamentalism, a prominent Islamic cleric said on Tuesday.

Hasyim Muzadi, former chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, cited the phenomenon as he addressed a workshop on de-radicalization organized by the National Anti-Terror Agency (BNPT). “Islamic universities these days usually produce liberalists, while science schools generate fundamentalists,” Hasyim said.

“I guess it’s because students of Islamic universities are tired of having to be pious –they’ve had to do it all the time; while science students are hardly in touch with religion so they search for it from available sources.”

He said the phenomenon could be seen among top science schools in Indonesia, including at the University of Indonesia. Indonesian Ulema Council secretary Amirsyah Tambunan blamed weak monitoring for the intrusion of fundamentalist movements in campuses.

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