Palu, 19/9 (Public Relations of IAIN Palu) - The meeting of world Muslim scholars held for three days urged the Indonesian government and other Islamic countries to take concrete steps to halt the increasingly alarming rate of radicalization.

Meeting of Muslim scholars and thinkers in the forum of the 18th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies (AICIS) at the state Islamic Institute (IAIN) Palu, Central Sulawesi September 17-20 2018 recommends five points to be considered by the governments of Islamic countries so that radicalism can be localized and kept away from the younger generation.
At the close of the AICIS session, Prof. Dr. Noorhaidi Hasan said, Islamic study practitioners from various countries have conducted 63 panels and 7 special panels that generate a lot of input for the latest Islamic world. These panels have filtered various phenomena of radicalism in various countries in the world.

There has been a unanimous agreement from the panelists in the AICIS sessions, that there is no single and simple explanation in the case of radicalism and various complicated problems faced by Muslim society today. "The crisis of the Islamic world is motivated by a variety of things that are multidimensional," said the Lecturer at the State Islamic University of Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta at IAIN Palu, (19/9).

Indonesia and other Muslim countries are being hit by radicalism which is increasingly alarming. The main model that can be captured in general is that there is a transformation of radical understanding to the younger generation that is injected by radical ideologists through dialogue.
"Radical understanding is very fast when it is accepted by young people who are hit by frustration with various social phenomena such as corruption, poverty, unemployment and various other not ideal conditions," he added. Radicalism among young people, said Noorhaidi Hasan, also cannot be separated from rapid social change. , modernization, and globalization.

For this reason, the forum which was organized by the Ministry of Religion of the Republic of Indonesia produced a conclusion, that dealing with radicalism cannot be done through a single path. If all this time the governments of Islamic countries tend to focus on ideological approaches, now is the time to take an economic, cultural and social approach.
AICIS is an Islamic study forum initiated by Indonesia since 18 years ago. The meeting of Islamic thinkers is a barometer of the development of Islamic studies and the meeting place for the stakeholders of Islamic studies in the world.

The keynote speakers at the series of meetings were the Minister of Religion of the Republic of Indonesia, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin and Dominik Müller Ph.D from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany, who are religious anthropologists whose research is based in Southeast Asia including Indonesia. Other foreign speakers are Prof. Dr. Hans Christian Gunther from Albert Ludwig Universitat, Freiburg, Germany, Dr. Hew Wai Weng from University Kebangsaan Malaysia, and Dr. Ken Miichi from Waseda University, Japan.

Five Points of AICIS Recommendation:

  1. There is a need to review some old perspectives in Islamic studies and the community.
  2. The latest perspective on Islamic studies needs to look back at its historical roots in building a moderate model of Islam as in Indonesia and Southeast Asian countries.
  3. The current form of intolerance is manifested in various forms which are influenced by many factors, both ideological factors and other instruments which all require a response and continued strategy. Coexistence is needed to build tolerance and peace through various relevant programs and actions.
  4. A significant understanding of radicalism among young people will give rise to the possibility of integrated strategies and solutions and comprehensive measures to break the chain of radicalism and terrorism.