Defending the Majesty of Islam: Indonesia's Front Pembela Islam, 1998-2003

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Indonesia's 1998 reformation movement spawned numerous organizations aimed at either establishing an Islamic state or applying Islamic law. This book focuses on one such movement, Front Pembela Islam (FPI).

The study presents the biography of Habib Muhammad Rizieq Syihab, one of FPI's founding fathers and its current head, and discusses the group's creation, activities, and ideology. Finally, it analyzes FPI's organizational bases, recruitment practices, and training methods, including the use of religious teachings to justify the deliberate destruction of entertainment venues where gambling, prostitution, and drinking occur—activities which are seen as corrupting according to Islamic teaching.

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IntroductionStatus of Muslims during the New Order (1967-1998)Islamic Movements in the 1980sGlobal Influences on the Islamic MovementThe Threat of ModernizationBiography of Habib Muhammad Rizieq SyihabThe Emergence of Front Pembela Islam (FPI)FPI as a Muslim Paramilitary GroupAmr bil ma'ruf wal nahi al-munkar - The Movement to Command Righteousness and Prevent CorruptionIdeology of FPIThe Jakarta Charter and Islamic LawOrganization and Social Bases of FPIConcluding RemarksNotesBibliography

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