By Greg Barton
In humiliating conditions, Indonesia's fourth president, Abdurrahman Wahid was once compelled from place of work in August 2001 after lower than years within the activity. Wahid, nearly blind and bodily susceptible after a couple of strokes, used to be generally misunderstood within the West, even being visible as a just a little comical determine. yet in Indonesia the Muslim student affectionately often called Gus Dur to thousands of individuals had lengthy been respected by means of lots of his countrymen and hugely revered via the country's elites. His existence were certainly one of nice public carrier to his fellow electorate, his faith and his trust in liberal democracy. during this permitted biography, a lot of it in keeping with specified first-hand statement, Greg Barton introduces us to either the guy and his global and makes an attempt to make feel of his arguable public profession and presidency. Barton has recognized Wahid given that 1989, whilst he all started learning the impression of Islamic liberalism in Indonesia, and has hence spend many months along with his topic, together with seven months in the course of Wahid's 21-month presidency, either in Indonesia and traveling with him in another country. someone who's in any respect drawn to the drama of recent Indonesia will locate this view from the interior to be an important learn.
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3, October 2001) in the conclusion of this book. (1 runs the Joyo news service, without whose hourly deliveries to my ‘Inbox’ I would have been so much less well informed. One of the somewhat unexpected pleasures of researching, writing about, and venturing to comment on contemporary developments in Indonesia has been the support and encouragement that I have received from colleagues. I am particularly grateful for the support that I have received from my colleagues in the Religious Studies/Comparative Studies program at Deakin — Ian Weeks, Barry Butcher and Peter Fenner.
I am particularly appreciative of the Dean’s publication support scheme which made it possible for me to spend the first half of 2000 focusing almost exclusively on hammering out a manuscript. I am also grateful for the permission from several parties for me to use material in this book. I thank the photographers at the Presidential Palace, Antara news agency, Kompas newspaper and the Wahid family for the use of some of their photographs. I also thank the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald for allowing me to use in the epilogue material that I earlier wrote for publication in their pages on 28 July 2001.
NU’s greatest strength is East Java, especially the East Java town of Jombang, the home of both sides of Abdurrahman’s family. %+ Abdurrahman’s grandfathers, Kiai Bisri Syansuri and Kiai Hasyim Asy’ari, are held in great reverence in NU circles, both because of the role that they played in founding NU and because of their standing as ulama. Uncharacteristically for traditionalist ulama, Kiai Hasyim Asy’ari, and more so his son Kiai Wahid Hasyim, who was Minister for Religious Affairs under Sukarno, were respected within urban, middleclass society because of their close involvement with the nationalist movement that led the revolutionary struggle against the Dutch following the end of the Second World War.
Abdurrahman Wahid, Muslim Democrat, Indonesian President: A View from the Inside by Greg Barton