“The Way Home”: The Disengagement of Jihadists in Poso, Central Sulawesi

Abstract. While much research has been conducted on the radicalization of Muslim militants in Indonesia, far less analysis has centered on disengagement, on how and why individual members of radical movements come to reject the use of terror in pursuit of their goals. Based on fieldwork in Jakarta and Central Sulawesi, including interviews with 23 current and former Poso-based jihadists, this presentation examines the emotional, psychological, rational, and relational factors that can lead militants to turn away from terror tactics. A special focus will be given to the transformative experience of former Poso jihadist Arifudin Lako (aka Iin Brur), who has recently directed a documentary film called Jalan Pulang (“The Way Home”) based on his experience.

Speaker. Ihsan Ali-Fauzi is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Democracy (Pusat Studi Agama dan Demokrasi, PUSAD), Paramadina Foundation, Jakarta.

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