IPAC Report 32: The Anti-Salafi Campaign in Aceh
A bid by traditionalist clerics in rural Aceh to increase their influence at the expense of urban rivals is drawing the local government into potentially discriminatory definitions of what constitutes “Acehnese” Islam. It is also taking on a dangerous political dimension as deputy governor and former rebel military commander Muzakir Manaf turns to the traditionalists to shore up his political base as he steps up his campaign for governor in elections scheduled for February 2017.
In its latest report, The Anti-Salafi Campaign in Aceh, the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) examines the background to the latest phase of this ideological struggle and the risk of violence it poses.
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