Tagged Ahok

Members of the Islamic Defenders Front march against Ahok. Source: newmandala.org

A Governor, a Quranic Verse, and the Fight for Indonesia’s Soul

By Alex Boylston In September 2016, months after declaring to run the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election, current Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama made what he thought was a simple speech about his economic program at a campaign stop in the islands off the coast of Jakarta. Ahok, an ethnic Chinese Christian who assumed the…

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