The free Aceh movement : Islam and democratisation

Kingsbury, Damien 2007, The free Aceh movement : Islam and democratisation, Journal of contemporary Asia, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 166-189, doi: 10.1080/00472330701253759.

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Title The free Aceh movement : Islam and democratisation
Author(s) Kingsbury, DamienORCID iD for Kingsbury, Damien
Journal name Journal of contemporary Asia
Volume number 37
Issue number 2
Start page 166
End page 189
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-05
ISSN 0047-2336
Keyword(s) Islam
Summary The Free Aceh Movement (GAM) has been characterised by some observers and the Indonesian government as being a radical Islamic organisation intent on establishing an Islamic state in northern Sumatra. This article explores GAM's relationship with Islam and shows that while GAM members are devout Muslims and that Islam pervades their political thinking, the organisation and its members are explicitly opposed to the creation of an Islamic state or the imposition of Islamic law. The article reports how senior members of GAM's hierarchy discuss their personal relationship with Islam, noting consistencies and differences in their approaches. A common theme is that Islam provides a motive for the struggle, based on notions of justice and equality, and that these and related aspects of Acehnese political organisation provide the groundwork for a functional form of democracy in Aceh's post-peace settlement environment.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00472330701253759
Field of Research 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, Taylor & Francis
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