Accession Number : ADA303488

Title :   Islamic Fundamentalism in Indonesia.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Nagy, Sandra L.

PDF Url : ADA303488

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 170

Abstract : This is a study of Islamic fundamentalism in Indonesia. Islamic fundamentalism is defined as the return to the foundations and principles of Islam including all movements based on the desire to create a more Islamic society. After describing the practices and beliefs of Islam, this thesis examines the three aspects of universal Islamic fundamentalism: revivalism, resurgence, and radicalism. It analyzes the role of Islam in Indonesia under Dutch colonial rule, an alien Christian imperialist power. Following independence in 1945, Islam became less influential in national politics. Focusing on the current situation, this thesis examines the ways in which Islamic fundamentalism could potentially threaten U.S. security interests. It concludes that growing Islamic fundamentalism in Indonesia is inevitable but is not likely to pose a direct threat to U.S. interests in the near future. Nonetheless, it deserves close attention given Islam's propensity to mobilize mass support throughout Indonesia.

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, *RELIGION, *INDONESIA, MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, STABILITY, POLITICAL SCIENCE, ECONOMIC IMPACT, MIDDLE EAST, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), ISLAM, CROSS CULTURE(SOCIOLOGY), MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), MOBILIZATION, MILITARY DOCTRINE, THESES, POPULATION, WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL), INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History
      Geography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE