An Interview with Amien Rais

Journal of International Affairs; Fall 2007; 61, 1; pg. 205-216

12 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2014

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Alfred Stepan

Columbia University - Department of Political Science

Mirjam Künkler

Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study

Date Written: September 15, 2007

Abstract

Interview with Amien Rais, one of the leaders of the opposition to Indonesian President Suharto in the 1990s, also chairman at that time of the second largest Islamic organization of the country, the Muhammadiyah. The interview gives insights into the course of events in the night preceding Suharto's resignation on May 21, 1998. Rais later became Speaker of Parliament and in that capacity steered the legislature through the most important period of reforms on the way to democratization, including four rounds of constitutional amendment. Rais in the interview clarifies his position on the relationship between Islam and democracy, and why he thought it crucial to enter alliances with secular forces in the pro-democracy struggle.

Keywords: Indonesia, Suharto, reformasi, 1998, democratization, mobilization, religion, Islam

Suggested Citation

Stepan, Alfred and Künkler, Mirjam, An Interview with Amien Rais (September 15, 2007). Journal of International Affairs; Fall 2007; 61, 1; pg. 205-216. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2536874

Alfred Stepan

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Mirjam Künkler (Contact Author)

Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study ( email )

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Netherlands

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