<pre>The book Thinking about Gus Dur in English was launched


Gus Dur's English-language book of thought was finally released to the public by INFID with LKiS in the 2018 Indonesian Human Rights Festival series in Wonosobo (14/11). The book launched here is Gus Dur's English-language book titled Gus Dur on Religion, Democracy & Peace published by the Ivory publisher. INFID and LKiS want to try to spread ideas and initiatives regarding democracy, peace and justice to the international world from Indonesian Muslims.

In addition to this Gus Dur book, a book by K.H was launched. Husein Muhammad Islam Against Hate Speech . As the author of the book Islam Against Hate Speech in the Language version, K.H. Husein Muhammad also attended this event with Hairus Salim (Director of LKiS) and K.H. Mukhotob Hamzah (UNSIQ Chancellor) as a resource person. The event was also moderated by Haqqi Al-Anshary (National Commission of Wonosobo).

This discussion one of them raised concern about the limited knowledge of people about Indonesian Islam. Hairus Salim explained, “Why is the reference of people to Islam always to Egypt, Arabia or Malaysia, one of the reasons is because of the limited writing of Indonesian intellectuals or Indonesian or Arabic scholars.” Even though moderate Indonesian Islamic thought is very important to be a reference to the world.


The world is now being engulfed by a wave of conflict and identity politics. Dispute machines are hoaxes and hate speeches. In fact, said Hairus Salim, “At present the problem is not only hate speech, but hate-spin.”

The democratic order anywhere, not least in the West, has been shaken after the spread of hoaxes and hate speeches. The tension between freedom and respect for speech extends after experiencing extraordinary politicization.

“The broadcast of hatred is the origin that destroys relations between humans,” said KH Husein Muhammad. He also emphasized the danger of hate speech. “Namimah; bring into conflict. Kidzbu; lie. Restitution; gossiping and slander; everything is contained in the broadcast of hatred, “he added.

Meanwhile K.H. Mukhotob Hamzah emphasizes the principle of love as the basis of human relations. He said, “This Hate speech must have originated from a heart that is not in love. Even though love is a genuine character of Islam itself. ”

Regarding Gus Dur, K.H. Mukhotob Hamzah also added, “Gus Dur is not just a peaceful thinker. but also the perpetrator “. Gus Dur is already quite well known abroad, but hundreds of Gus Dur's writings on various matters are mostly still in Indonesian and not easily accessible to outsiders.

These two books are expected to be widely disseminated to the presence of overseas readers, especially through the PDF version. In this way, Indonesian Islam is known and can influence the views of Muslims and views of Islam abroad. It is hoped that in the future more and more Indonesian Muslim works can be accessed by foreigners. The longing for peace and justice will be the key.

The launch of this book itself is a series of Indonesian Human Rights Festival events which is an annual INFID event that has been held since 2014. This year INFID collaborated with the Office of Presidential Staff (KSP), Government of Java Province Central, Wonosobo Regency Government and National Human Rights Commission. The Indonesian Human Rights Festival is an event aimed at disseminating District / City Human Rights programs as an effort to fulfill human rights in Indonesia. The event was also a place to introduce practices of tolerant life in various regions, both at the local, national and regional levels as one of the manifestations of the District / City Human Rights program.

This Article Was Published On : ISLAMI.CO

Translated by Google Translate


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