Government major Jourdan Khalid Hussein ’11 has published an article based on his thesis at Wesleyan. The article “Not Secular Enough? Variation in Electoral Success of Post-Islamist Parties in Turkey and Indonesia” has been published in the journal STUDIA ISLAMIKA. Hussein currently works in the Indonesian “White House,” as the assistant to the head, Indonesian President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight.”
STUDIA ISLAMIKA is a journal published by the Center for the Study of Islam and Society. It specializes in Indonesian Islamic studies in particular, and South-east Asian Islamic Studies in general, and is intended to communicate original researches and current issues on the subject.
Hussein also appears in a November 2011 Jakarta Globe Q&A. Raised Muslim and educated at Muslim schools, Hussain was able to see and experience the religion differently while living in the United States. Along with his political studies and life experiences, Jourdan, 22, came to realize that what Indonesia needed was a separation of state and religion.
“I must say I have a very biased perception of how Americans perceive Islam. People at Wesleyan University were very open towards Islam. Depending on where you live, study, or work, this might not always be the case,” he says in the story.
The story is online here.