The new book "The Islamic State Illusion", taking on hardline Islam in Indonesia.
The book Ilusi Negara Islam: Ekspansi Gerakan Islam Transnasional di Indonesia, (The Illusion of an Islamic State: the Expansion of Transnational Islamic Movements in Indonesia) published on 1st April and 'launched' on 16th May, is edited by former president Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur), published by PT Desantara Utama Media with funding and/or support from the LibForAll Foundation in the USA, the Wahid Institute, Gerakan Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, and The Maarif Institute.
At the launch, apart from Gus Dur:
The book's general premise is that the unity of Indonesia, the strength of its mainstream moderate Muslim organisations Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, and the true meaning of Islam as "a blessing for the world" are under threat from radical ideologies emanating from the middle east, primarily Wahabi Ikhwanul Muslimin.
It's chapter headings:
This book is very useful in showing the face of real Islam.
Ilusi Negara Islam is said to be not widely available in bookstores with some reports, said to be spread by a blogger, that Gramedia, the largest bookstore chain in the country, had received threats that if it carried the book Gramedia stores would be burnt down.
However Bambang Nuryono of Gramedia's Human Resources Department said he had no idea about any threats, nor had he heard of the book, while another person from the Sales Department said Ilusi Negara Islam was not yet stocked by Gramedia. tempo
The book's 322 pages can be downloaded below:
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