Indonesia in Time Magazine, in the world’s eye

“Indonesia is undergoing a spiritual revolution. Since the 1998 fall of strongman Suharto, who during his 32-year rule suppressed not only political freedom but any faith that could challenge his authority, the country has re-embraced its religiosity.”

     –Time Magazine, “Why Indonesia Matters,” Feb. 22, 2007

After living in Indonesia for more than half a year, studying at the very same University of Indonesia this story in Time magazine refers to, finding and speaking to some of the same professors that are quoted there, I can attest that the ease with which this author summarizes a part of the Indonesian puzzle covers up the time and energy that she has had to give to the huge country to gain this understanding. I am complimenting the author, because even after having so many experiences there and learning so much about Indonesia, it is still difficult to draw concrete conclusions and communicate them in a meaningful way.

Please take a look at the article, “Why Indonesia Matters” in Time Magazine. It gives an interesting view of religion and indeed makes a good case why Indonesia is so important and becoming more important in our contemporary world.

I’ve been trying to tell you the whole time!

One Reply to “Indonesia in Time Magazine, in the world’s eye”

  1. I was reading the same article and was a tad surprised. During my time, there was some sort of gap between the seculars and the kids from mushollah — however it seems to be a lot deeper now.

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