ERIC Number: EJ794341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Islamic Higher Education and Social Cohesion in Indonesia
Kraince, Richard G.
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v37 n3 p345-356 Sep 2007
This study explores the role of public Islamic higher education in promoting better relations between various religious communities in post-authoritarian Indonesia. Based on field research conducted between December 2005 and March 2006, it documents how progressive Islamic education leaders have advanced a tradition of critical intellectualism in efforts toward the "renewal" of Islamic thought. This report provides an analysis of how this tradition has served as a foundation for educators seeking to promote democratization and address issues of social cohesion. It examines some of the core values expressed by educational leaders as they have aspired to transform the most prominent State Institutes for Islamic Studies (IAIN) into genuine universities. The study also highlights the conservative backlash against public Islamic higher education and other purveyors of progressive ideas within Indonesian society.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Education, Role of Education, Islam, Social Integration, Group Unity, Values, Democracy, Political Attitudes, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indonesia