One of the concerns related to Indonesia’s rising religious conservatism is that a small but growing number of Indonesians are embracing radical ideologies such as those espoused by the terrorist group ISIS. Universities, in particular, are seen as potential hotbeds for the propagation of radical thought, which is why a major anti-radicalism action is being organized to take place at universities in Indonesia on Oct 28.
Prof. Dr. H. Zainal Abidin MAg, the head organizer of the radicalism event, said the event would take place at schools in every province of Indonesia and that it would be centered around a grand lecture about rejecting radicalism.
“It is estimated that the grand lecture will be followed by no less than 4.5 million students from various universities throughout Indonesia, spread over 34 provinces and 350 districts and cities,” Zainal said, as quoted by Antara, on Thursday.
Zainal, who is the rector at the State Islamic Institute (IAIN) in Palu, Central Sulawesi, explained that the grand lecture would be held simultaneously along with the national action against radicalism taking place in every provincial capital of Indonesia.
The idea for the October 28 action came out of an anti-radicalism conference attended by some 3,000 university officials as well as President Joko Widodo in Bali in late September. The motion to hold the national action was passed unanimously.
Zainal said the organizing committee for the action was still meeting to discuss and finalize all preparations for the national action.