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Open and Closed Communicating Networks: Sectarian and Liberal Muslim Movements in Indonesia

Prior, John (2012) Open and Closed Communicating Networks: Sectarian and Liberal Muslim Movements in Indonesia. Religion and Social Communication, 10 (1). pp. 19-38. ISSN 1686-9184


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This article contrasts the use of the media in Indonesia by exclusivist ethno-religious Muslim networks with those of the open, liberal progressive Islamic movements. The electronic social media can trigger immediate, emotional responses, reinforcing prejudice, but also is forming humanitarian, inter-faith networks that prevent violence, break through prejudice and form alliances for human rights. The article concludes that, despite Indonesian society moving in many directions simultaneously, the open communication networks of the liberals is largely forming the future.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: open communication, closed communication, exclusivist, liberal, Islam, Indonesia
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220403 Islamic Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: A - World Religions
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr John Prior
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2014 04:35
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 04:35
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1557

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