Inter-religious Dialogue in Indonesia: Ideas and Practice

There will be an interesting topic in Wednesday Forum this week. CRCS research team for inter-religious dialogue will lead us to discuss about ideas and practices of inter-religious in Indonesia. Zainal Abidin Bagir and J. B. Banawiratma, as part of the team, will be speakers in this forum. We invite you to join this forum. Some information can be read as follows.

Date: Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Time: 12.30 pm ? 2.30 pm (free lunch)
Venue: Room 306, UGM Graduate School Teknika Utara Pogung
Speaker: CRCS Research Team (Presenters: Zainal Abidin Bagir and J. B. Banawiratma)


This research is motivated by the fact that compared to many other countries, (institutionalized) inter-religious dialog has had quite a long history in Indonesia. We understand such ?inter-religious dialogue? broadly in terms of encounters of people of different faith, but limited our attention to its institutionalized form. The idea and practice of inter-religious dialog in Indonesia started with the Ministry of Religious Affairs in 1960s. In addition, starting 2001, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sponsored dialog with other countries in the regional and international levels. Partly as a disappointment to the way dialog was becoming part of government?s way of controlling the relations between religious communities, starting in late 1980s inter-religious dialogue was promoted by many non-governmental organizations (some NGOs were even established to focus on dialog). Most recently, we noted that dialog has been part of the academia: starting late 1990s, courses on dialog are offered and academic programs and centers made dialog as part of their academic interest?CRCS and ICRS-Yogya are two of the latest examples on this.

Our main questions were: what have happened in those three domains of dialog?governmental institutions, NGOs, and the academia?and what motivate them? In this research, we did not intend to document everything that have happened, but tried to find their varieties. The presentation will describe such varieties of dialog, analyze them and give some recommendations as to the course of dialog in the three domains in the future.

Research Team:

The research team consists of J.B. Banawiratma (co-instructor of ?Inter-religious Dialogue? course at CRCS), Zainal Abidin Bagir (CRCS), Fatimah Husein (co-instructor of ?Inter-religious Dialogue? course), Suhadi (CRCS), Novita Rakhmawati (CRCS student), Budi Asyhari (CRCS), Ali Amin (CRCS), and Mega Hidayati (ICRS student).


The forum is free of charge and on a first-come-first basis.

Contact Person:

Elis (ICRS):; Lina(CRCS):; Mustaghfiroh Rahayu(CRCS):


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