Religious moderation based on the Ministry of Religious Affairs' perspective: a study on Islamic universities in Malang

Afwadzi, Benny, Miski, Miski and Rohmana, Wahyu Indah Mala (2023) Religious moderation based on the Ministry of Religious Affairs' perspective: a study on Islamic universities in Malang. Penamas, 36 (1). pp. 1-17. ISSN ISSN : 0215-7829; e-ISSN: 2502-7891

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This study investigated four moderate indicators coined by the Ministry of Religious Affairs (M0RA) among Muslim students. This study is essential because the MoRA has claimed moderation in its institution, but it has been questioned whether Muslim students studying at Islamic universities have implemented the practice. This article is the result of research with a qualitative approach conducted by conducting interviews with 36 students studying at three Islamic universities in Malang using purposive sampling. It has two focuses: 1) students' religious understanding and practice related to the four moderate indicators of the MoRA; and 2) the cause of the articulation of moderation, which leads to the implication of how to build moderate thoughts in students. The result of the study shows that there are differences in religious understanding and practice regarding the four moderate indicators of the MoRA. Indicators that have problems are tolerance and anti-violence in the intra-religious area, especially among minority sects. Meanwhile, two other indicators, namely national commitment and accommodativeness to local culture, appear to be in a safe area. The study also finds that "problematic" students were from social-humanities and religious study programs. Second, there are many reasons for the emergence of moderation among students, ranging from family background to the organization they are involved in. Thus, the authors present internalization and normalization as means of building moderate thoughts and attitudes in students.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: anti-violence; religious moderation; tolerance; internalization and normalization
Subjects: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Tarbiyah and Teaching Training > Department of Islamic Education
Depositing User: Benny Afwadzi
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2023 08:07


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