|KH Said Aqil Siradj
Established in 1936, Nahdlatul Ulama is the largest Muslim organization in Indonesia – and the world. The organization, commonly known as NU, is globally known for its tradition of promoting and celebrating Islam for what it is: peaceful, spiritual, pluralistic and nonviolent, merging perfectly with the historic and binding principles of the Republic of Indonesia. Islam as represented by NU, and like-minded Indonesian organizations such as Muhammadiyah, is a pillar in maintaining the country’s national unity and pluralist tradition, and is a bulwark against radicalism and extremism.
In August, Kayi Haji Said Aqil Siradj was re-elected as chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama. He recently sat down with Strategic Review in Jakarta to discuss Islam Nusantara (historically referred to in English as East Indies Islam), radicalism, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and why he thinks Indonesians who reject pluralism should move overseas.
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