The politics of retaliation: the backlash of radical Islamists to the deradicalization project in Indonesia

Hilmy, Masdar (2013) The politics of retaliation: the backlash of radical Islamists to the deradicalization project in Indonesia. Al-Jami'ah: journal of Islamic Studies, 51 (1). pp. 1-30. ISSN 0126-012X (p); 2338-557X (e)

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This paper seeks to analyze how the program of deradicalization in Indonesia is approached, understood and treated by radical Islamists. This paper argues that the deradicalization program in this country has invited controversies, criticisms and even backlash from radical Islamists on the grounds that it goes against the principles of human rights because of state’s intervention into religious life of its citizens. In addition, it is carried out by violent method which mostly ends with killing the accused terrorists along with the arrest and ambush by security officers. In order to analyze the focus of the study, this paper employs socio-political approach. This paper finds that more thorough approach needs to be employed by the state within the framework of human rights. Therefore, the ideology of radical Islamism and terrorism must be dealt with from two sides; at the upstream and the downstream levels. At the upstream level, the program of deradicalization must be carried out within the framework of interdepartmental and ministerial partnership. This program should invite as many institutions as possible to be involved and reach as wide audience as possible. At the downstream level, the program of deradicalization must abide to human rights principles. The security approach taken by the government should not end with killing or dehumanizing terrorists. By doing so, the national program of deradicalization can appeal as wide sympathy possible and will not harvest backlash from the Islamists.

Item Type: Article
Hilmy, Masdar
Uncontrolled Keywords: Deradicalization; radical Islamism; Densus 88; BNPT
Subjects: 22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Divisions: Karya Ilmiah > Artikel
Depositing User: Samidah Nurmayuni
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2021 14:47
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2021 14:47

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