On 3 May 2021, the Twelve Session of the International Online Internship Program, “Contemporary Dynamics of Indonesia” was held. The internship program is jointly organized by the Embassy of Indonesia to Pakistan and the Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), Islamabad.
The theme of the Twelve session was ‘’Culture Diversity and Challenge in Promoting Interfaith Harmony” and the speaker for this session was Mr. Dicky Sofjan, MA Ph D, Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS).
Mr. Dicky Sofjan, MA Ph D, Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) briefly mentioned about creating harmony, religion, and positive role of Ullema and Madrassa in recent times.
Mr. Sofjan briefly elaborated the internal structure of Indonesia. He stated that Indonesia is known as significant region of the earth because it has wide range of floral and faunal species. The country has almost 700 psycholinguistic groups.
There are many traditional patterns in the country. Moreover, there are different world’s religion and belief in the country. He said that the Islam in Indonesia is different from the rest of the world. However, Islam is the predominant religion in Indonesia.
He explained that to manage diversity of religion in Indonesia, the country has a Ministry of Religious Affairs. It works for the religious literacy to promote tolerance, social justice, and multiculturalism.
Mr. Sofjan explained that there is a program in Indonesia known as the Religious Literacy. This program aimed at promoting harmony through religion. He stated that there are 150 religious literacy offices in 34 provinces of Indonesia and over 500 districts. Mr. Sofjan while elaborating the significance of this program, elaborated that it also facilitates with its other religious counterparts in different countries.
Mr. Dicky in his final analysis of the topic, elaborated that diversity is not only a fact of life, but part of Divine Will and plan. He stated that there is no compulsion in the matters of faith. Therefore, religious education, and democratic citizenship is important for the social justice.
The session was moderated by Ms. Maryam Raza, Research Associate, Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), Islamabad. Masters and Ph.D. level Students from across Pakistan are a part of this Online International Internship Program. This program will equip them with the knowledge of the contemporary dynamics of Indonesia and its various sectors.