The idea of secularization led naturally to the idea of an Indonesian 'nationalism'. But how can one inclusive 'nationalism' be created in a multi-national empire, covering an area as large as western and eastern Europe put together?
The diary is no ordinary record. It is an Islamic fighter's observations which sum up the principles of guerilla warfare. Without the people, organizations, no liberation movement can be successful. Che Guevera also wrote his diary while fighting in the jungles of Latin America. But his group lacked peasant support and above all there was no common ideology between him and the peasants. Hasan di Tiro's record in Acheh Sumatra shows that strong Islamic brotherhood exists between the people and the NLF. The Indonesian regime may rule the area by force, but Hasan gets complete respect from Fellow Muslims.
A Monthly Newsmagazine from Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought (ICIT)
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