Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Greening of Islamic Politics

By Saleem H. Ali, Haris N. Hidayat

Quoted from: http://www.policyinnovations.org/ideas/innovations/data/000068

Change Conference in 2007, Indonesia welcomed the world to the idyllic island of Bali as a venue to reach agreement on one of the most challenging environmental issues. Several years prior, the island had been the scene of the worst series of terrorist bombings in the region, killing more than two hundred people. These attacks, which were carried out by Muslim militants, further stigmatized and marginalized Islamic political parties in the international community.

In particular, Indonesia's pesantren (religious boarding schools) came under great scrutiny due to their perceived connections to some of the Bali bombers. Even U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama felt obliged to distance himself from his childhood days in Indonesia because of a rumor that he had attended a pesantren, since both his father and stepfather were Muslim. Yet a closer analysis of the political scene in this sprawling country of more than 17,500 islands shows that Islamist political institutions are making a remarkably green comeback that might appear progressive even to many Western politicians.


Sunday, August 3, 2008

Sarasehan Peran Pesantren untuk Konservasi Alam

Dalam rangka “membangunkan” kekuatan besar untuk pelestarian lingkungan di Indonesia dengan memberikan kesadaran lingkungan bagi para Kyai maka dilaksanakan Sarasehan Kontribusi Pesantren Untuk Konservasi Alam di Bogor yang digagas dan diprakarsai oleh Religion and Conservation Initiative CI Indonesia, Yayasan Owa Jawa dan Rufford Small Grant. Sarasehan ini dihadiri oleh 30-an Kyai dan pengurus pesantren dari tiga wilayah (Bogor, Sukabumi dan Cianjur) yang berdekatan dengan Taman Nasional Gunung Gede-Pangrango.

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