The Recontextualization of Islamic Peace Education

A Study of the Theory of Mohammed Abu-Nimer in the Indonesian Context


  • Siti Rohmah Brawijaya University, Malang
  • M. Syukri Ismail Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam (STAI) YASNI BUNGO
  • Moh. Anas Kholish UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim
  • Mona Novita Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam (STAI) YASNI BUNGO



peace education, islam, Mohammad Abu-Nimer, Indonesianness, recontextualization


Some circles suggest that the phenomenon of intolerance and religious conflict in Indonesia will be reduced by a religious education model dominated by a mono-religious approach. The approach that focuses on deepening the knowledge of all religions is considered to be the cause of the persistence of interfaith stigma and prejudice. However, there are objections from various circles to the concept and application of interreligious education which requires close dialogue and interaction, an appreciative attitude, and openness to adherents of other religions. This article argues that the development of a peaceful and diverse mono-religious education approach is possible. This study employs Mohammed Abu-Nimer's theory as an alternative model of Islamic peace education that is strategic, participatory and practical; it focuses on his experience in conflict areas and in the Islamic education environment, which is often stigmatized conservatively in the Middle East and Africa. This study confirms that monoreligious education provides room for peace education that builds pedagogy of tolerance, diversity and human rights.


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Author Biographies

Siti Rohmah, Brawijaya University, Malang

Siti Rohmah is a lecturer at Brawijaya University, Indonesia. In addition to teaching Islamic Education and Islamic Law she is also a researcher on Islamic and humanitarian issues. Her daily activity is in the Center for Personality Development Course (PMPK) and the Center for Religious Development (PPA) of Brawijaya University.

M. Syukri Ismail, Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam (STAI) YASNI BUNGO

M. Syukri Ismail is a lecturer and Chairman of the Institute for Research and Community Service (LP3M) at STAI Yayasan Nurul Islam (YASNI) Muara Bungo, Indonesia.

Moh. Anas Kholish, UIN Maulana Malik Ibrahim

Moh. Anas Kholish is a lecturer at the State Islamic University (UIN) Maulana Malik Ibrahim, Indonesia. He is a senior researcher at the Pojok Peradaban Institute. The Pojok Peradaban Institute is a social institution that is concerned with cultural education. In addition, he actively writes Islamic and humanitarian books.

Mona Novita, Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam (STAI) YASNI BUNGO

Mona Novita is a lecturer at the STAI Yayasan Nurul Islam (YASNI) Muara Bungo, Indonesia. She has been managing editor of the journal Nur El-Islam since 2015.


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How to Cite

Rohmah, S., Ismail, M. S., Kholish, M. A., & Novita, M. (2018). The Recontextualization of Islamic Peace Education: A Study of the Theory of Mohammed Abu-Nimer in the Indonesian Context. Fieldwork in Religion, 13(2), 183–202.