Islam and Freedom of Religion: Religious Elites Perspectives in Malang, East Java, Indonesia

Sumbulah, Umi (2016) Islam and Freedom of Religion: Religious Elites Perspectives in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. IOSR Journal of Humanities And Social Science, 21 (6). pp. 95-102. ISSN 2279-0837

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This study aims to understand the meaning of religious freedom in the perspective of the religious elite in Malang. Freedom of religion is defined as one of the human rights guaranteed by the laws in force in Indonesia as well as in the text of religious scriptures. They also interpret that freedom of religion is one of the options given by God to be accountable to Him in the Hereafter, thus requiring the commitment of each religious community to hold on to their respective religious teachings. However, cases of violations of religious freedom is still happening in several categories, namely insult to a particular religion, the rise of heretical sects, as well as the establishment of houses of worship that do not meet the legal rules. These cases happen because they do not understand the essence of religious teachings properly, egoism and the construction of ideological propaganda as an attempt to influence others to follow a particular religion. Violations of religious freedom could be positive and negative implications towards religious harmony. However, opening a space for dialogue and communication between religious communities, will be able to avoid misunderstandings, thus increasing
religious life more harmonious in the future.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: religious freedom; violation; religious harmony
Subjects: 22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Divisions: Faculty of Sharia and Law > Department al-Ahwal al-Syakhshiyyah
Depositing User: Faizuddin Harliansyah
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 09:22


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