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Title: Indonesia's Religious Diversity Management in Education
Subtitle: A Case Study
Author(s): DE VLIEGER, Myrthe
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 29 Issue: 1 Date: 2019
This paper discusses Indonesia’s religious diversity management in education, based on research carried out in 2016. Indonesia recognizes six religions to be official, namely Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. While it is argued in literature and human rights reports that this restricted recognition is limiting the freedom of religion in education, little research has been conducted that analyses the effects experienced by pupils in schools. Hence, a case study has been carried out at a junior high school attended by pupils following the recognized Islamic religion and by indigenous pupils following the non-recognized Nuaulu religion. The findings show how the school manages religious diversity; to what extent, if at all, this is influenced by the state’s policies; how the situation is perceived and experienced by the Nuaulu pupils; and in what manner the Nuaulu pupils can express their religion.