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Lesson Plan May 23, 2017

Understanding Religion, Power, and Democracy vis-à-vis Salafism


Salafism à la Southeast Asia Questions

  1. What is a pluralistic democracy?
  2. What is Salafism?
  3. What is jihad?
  4. What developments are threatening the democracy in Indonesia?
  5. Who is responsible for motivating these developments?
  6. How has Saudi Arabia gained power in Indonesia? What actions has Saudi Arabia taken in Indonesia?
  7. What is meant by “religious attaché”?
  8. What is Shariah law?
  9. How has Salafism taken root in dangerous ways in Indonesia?
  10. Why is it important to understand how Saudi Arabia influences Indonesian culture?

Salafi Movement Grows on Indonesia’s Batam Island Questions

  1. Why is Batam Island uniquely situated to allow Salafism to flourish?
  2. What are the two Salafi establishments leading change on Batam Island?
  3. What is the disagreement over the content on Hang Radio?
  4. What evidence is provided to support either side of the disagreement?
  5. How far is the reach of Hang Radio? Why do you think this is important?
  6. What is a pesantren?
  7. What is the connection between Hang Radio and Indonesia’s political framework?
  8. What other technologies are being used to spread Salafism?
  9. From what you learned in the article, do you agree that Salafism is under control? Why or why not?
  10. How do you feel about what you learned?

Saudi Arabia is Redefining Islam for the World’s Largest Muslim Nation Questions

  1. Why is Saudi Arabia’s King Salman’s visit to Indonesia significant?
  2. What did officials in Jakarta hope for from the visit? Did those things happen?
  3. What have Saudi Arabia’s goals been for the past few decades in Indonesia?
  4. What actions has Saudi Arabia taken to accomplish these goals?
  5. How is Salafism described in the article?
  6. How would you describe LIPIA?
  7. What is a caliph?
  8. What is the hajj quota and why is it important?
  9. What was the first policy objective of the visit?
  10. What is attracting female extremists and ISIS sympathizers to Salafism?
  11. What is the connection between Salafism and jihadism?
  12. What are the perceived benefits of a closer relationship between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia?
  13. How do you feel about what you learned?


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