Abdurrahman Wahid

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Abdurrahman Wahid, (Abdurrahman ad-Dakhil Wahid), (born Sept. 7, 1940, died December 30, 2009), [1] muslim president of Indonesia from 1999 to 2001, "gave Indonesia a chance to build religious tolerance, democracy and freedom. ... In only two years, he asserted civilian control over the military, revoked anti-Chinese legislation and encouraged press freedom. Most importantly, he condemned religious violence, argued strongly for a secular state and reached out to democracies around the world—including Israel." [1]

In 1984, as leader of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, which had up to 40 million members, and later as president, he promoted rights of minorities, of non-Muslims and the ethnic Chinese.


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  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/31/world/asia/31wahid.html

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