The Institute aims to promote greater understanding of the roles of religion in each others country.
The Board introduced this new program in the course of the year to reflect its strong interest in addressing misperceptions about the role of religion in both countries.
Muslim Exchange program
As already noted the Prime Minister Mr Howard and President Megawati have given strong support to a new program of exchanges to be organised by the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University. These exchanges are aimed at developing linkages between the Muslim communities in Australia and Indonesia and promoting broader understanding of Australian Islam in Indonesia and Indonesian Islam in Australia.
Under this program, contact between emerging leaders of the Muslim communities in both countries will be established and nurtured, as will contact between these Muslim community representatives and other religious, ethnic and community groups in Australia and Indonesia. The first Indonesian participants were selected in mid–2002, with the initial visits scheduled to take place in late 2002. All involved in the program have been pleased by the high level of interest shown by potential participants, as demonstrated by the over sixty high quality applications received for the initial eight places.
The Institute provided support for the publication in 2002 of Studia Islamika, a high quality academic journal addressing issues of Islam in Southeast Asia, published three times a year by the Centre for the Study of Islam and Society of the State Institute for Islamic Studies in Jakarta. The journal aims to provide a forum for discussion of Islam in Southeast Asia in order to address a perceived neglect of this subject and to promote an Islam based on tolerance and inclusiveness. Studia Islamika is a tri-lingual journal, which carries articles in English, Indonesian and Arabic. The support provided by the AII will ensure that many local institutions will continue to receive copies of Studia Islamika free of charge.
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