The State Islamic Institute (IAIN) of Palu, Central Sulawesi presented one of the Oxford University Academics, UK, Dr. Kevin Fogg, to talk about the comparison of Islamic organizations in Indonesia with religious organizations in several countries outside Indonesia, at IAIN Palu, Monday, July 8, 2019.
Dr. Kevin Fogg was the keynote speaker at the seminar on 'Indonesian Islamic organizations in comparative perspectives' which was held by the IAIN Palu Postgraduate Program and was attended by one, two and three strata students.
"In Indonesia, there are two Islamic religious organizations that are very large and often appear written in England. However, there are Islamic religious organizations in the regions in Indonesia that are very influential and greatly contribute to the formation of society, but are not contained in English or not "carefully studied by academics abroad," said Dr. Kevin W Fogg, at IAIN Palu on Monday.
Kevin Foog explained the comparison of Islamic organizations in Indonesia with religious organizations in other countries, as well as Islamic organizations in Indonesia and religious organizations and religious traditions in other countries.
One of them, he said, is to know and understand the characteristics of Islamic organizations in Indonesia and Islam in Indonesia.
The two largest Islamic organizations in Indonesia namely Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah have contributed greatly to the formation of society and nationalism in Indonesia and their role has often been researched by foreign academics.
However, Kevin said, there is something interesting to be observed from several Islamic organizations in several regions in Indonesia, one of which is the Alkhairaat Education Center as one of the largest Islamic organizations in East Indonesia in Palu.
Kevin said, generally, a large Islamic organization, the beginning of its formation began with the education movement, established a school. One of them is Alkhairaat.
"They set up schools in various corners of the region, from those schools which later became a large organization," he said.
In addition to the movement to build schools, there are also those who have successfully established organizations with da'wah.
He said, in the results of his research there were three comparisons of Islamic organizations in Indonesia with religious organizations outside Indonesia or in other countries. Islamic organizations in Indonesia are related to certain ethnicities, geographical location and relevance to politics.
He further explained that Islamic organizations in Indonesia had a very large and very important influence on people's lives, in contrast to religious organizations in other countries.
"Religious organizations in Indonesia are the backbone of society, and social formation and are highly valued," he said.
Furthermore, there are modern forms of Islamic organizations in Indonesia, which are characterized by the existence of a management structure, there are AD / ART, which are very different from religious organizations in other countries in the world.
Then, Islamic organizations in Indonesia are not directly under the control of the government. While in other countries, religious organizations are directly under the government, controlled by the government.
"Islamic organizations in Indonesia are not against the government and the government is not opposed to Islamic organizations. This is something very interesting and very good in Indonesia," he said.