Asian Journal of Social Science 37 (2009) 623–645 brill.nl/ajss © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156853109X460219 Th e Quest for Hizbut Tahrir in Indonesia Burhanuddin Muhtadi Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Abstract Th is article describes the nature of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) in the post-Suharto era and its views on the resurrection of the global Islamic caliphate, its opposition to the notions of democracy and nation-state. In the aftermath of Suharto’s fall in 1998, HTI has seized the opportunity to promise the establishment of a fair society under a global Islamic caliphate. Th e rapid rise of HTI has, more so than most other Islamist groups, been accentuated by the growing public dissatisfaction with the post-Suharto or reformasi period. Th ere is an increasing percep- tion in larger society that political, economic, and law reforms introduced in the reformasi era has had no signiﬁ cant impact to improve people’s daily lives. Th is deteriorating condition under post-Suharto regimes has successfully justiﬁ ed the HTI’s claims that Indonesia needs a radical and comprehensive system, or what HTI coined as al-khalifah al-Islamiyyah (Islamic caliphate). Looking at HTI’s grand narrative of the global Islamic caliphate and its refutation of
Asian Journal of Social Science – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: NATION-STATE; HIZBUT TAHRIR; UMMA (ISLAMIC COMMUNITY); INDONESIA; POST-SUHARTO; ISLAMIC CALIPHATE
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