Monash Indonesian Seminar Series launched by Associate Professor Julian Millie and Dr. Nadirsyah Hosen

Presenting a seminar entitled, 'Are Muslim preachers pushing Indonesian politics to the right?'

The first seminar of the Monash Indonesian Seminar Series took place on Thursday, the 14th of February at Matheson Library. This free event was attended by approximately 50 guests from a wide range of affiliations, including Monash alumni, staff, students and the public.

The Monash Indonesian Seminar Series is a collaboration between Monash University Library and Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre.

The discussion on Thursday, 'Are Muslim preachers pushing Indonesian politics to the right?',​ was presented by two Monash Academics, Associate Professor Julian Millie and Dr. Nadirsyah Hosen.

In his presentation, Julian started by discussing the definition of a preacher and the differences between preachers and Muslim leaders. He then explored the importance of preaching in public and political life Indonesia.

Nadirsyah or Gus Nadir talked about conservative Da’i-s (muslim preachers) and divided them into seven categories based on their backgrounds and affiliations. He also looked at these different groups of preachers and their supports of khilafah, Islamic state, Pancasila, and presidential candidates.

The presentation was followed by Q&A and led by Professor Ariel Heryanto. A number of interesting and provocative questions were asked related to foreign donation to some Islamic organisations, the rise of Islamic conservative groups, and the interest of the Australian government and society in Indonesian politics. The discussion was very interactive and received a lot of positive feedback from the audience.

Watch the full Seminar here: