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Indonesian Muslims march during a rally against Jakarta's minority Christian governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 2, 2016 (AP photo by Tatan Syuflana).

Is Political Islam Really on the Rise in Indonesia?

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

Since late 2016, Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, has been consumed by a blasphemy case against the Christian and ethnically Chinese governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok.

After mounting pressure from hard-line Islamists who staged mass demonstrations against him, Ahok—who is a candidate for the Feb. 15 gubernatorial election in Jakarta—is now on trial for a statement that he uttered in mid-October that was deemed insulting to the Quran. His case has sparked fears about the growing voice of radical Islam in Indonesia and the threat it could pose to the country’s reputation for moderation and tolerance. ...

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