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Populism, Violence, and Vigilantism in Indonesia: Rizieq Shihab and His Far-Right Islamist Populism

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posted on 2021-05-14, 00:00 authored by Ihsan YilmazIhsan Yilmaz, Greg BartonGreg Barton
Muhammad Rizieq Shihab has been one of the most well-known faces of the far-right in Indonesia since the late 1990s. As a radical Islamist scholar with links to Saudi Arabia, Shihab has spent the last three decades as an anti-state voice of the “pious Muslim majority” in Indonesia. He claims to position himself as a “righteous” and “fearless” leader who is dedicated to defending Islam—the faith of “the people.” In 2020 Shihab was arrested for holding large public gatherings, as part of his ‘moral revolution’ campaign, in the middle of pandemic lockdowns. However, his radical Salafist message continues to inspire thousands to action.

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Volume

9

Pagination

1-19

Open access

  • Yes

Language

eng

Research statement

-

Publication classification

A6 Research report/technical paper

Publisher

European Center for Populism Studies (ECPS)

Place of publication

Brussels, Belgium

Source

ECPS : Leader Profile Series

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