The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer

Indonesia potentially set to take on China and claim leadership of ‘moderate’ Islam

January 1, 2021

President Joko Widodo’s recent cabinet reshuffle suggests that Indonesia may adopt a more critical attitude towards China and reinforce government support for efforts by Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the world’s largest Muslim movement, to reform Islam and position the Southeast Asian state as a key player in a battle with Middle Eastern rivals for the soul of Islam.

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