This paper analyzes the extensive transcripts from those closed meetings. The discourses in the meetings took place in a field of tension that Bryan Turner characterized as ‘the liberal paradox.’ The state is called on both to guarantee freedom of religion and to intervene in religious affairs for the sake of civil harmony. Conservatives, who emphasize the public dimensions of religion, stood in opposition to liberals, who see religion as largely a private issue. How the participants managed to reach important points of consensus in the midst of this liberal paradox is the central question of this paper.
Prof.dr. Mujiburrahman is deputy rector at the State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN), Antasari, Banjarmasin. His 2006 PhD thesis in Utrecht University published as Feeling Threatened: Muslim-Christian Relations in Indonesia’s New Order (Amsterdam University Press).
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