We are grateful to God Almighty for His blessings so we can accomplish this research. Since the beginning of the research, this research introduces a “mirror” to reflect oneself with academic research method. Nevertheless, academis perspective remains. Therefore, this research is characterized by data instead of theory.
With the theme “The Role of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah in Countering Violence Extremism Movement”, this research departs from a positive positioning about the mainstream of Indonesian Islam is Islam wasathiyah (moderate). Various cases of intolerance and violence in the name of religion are only sparks of fire, which threatening to our freedom and Indonesian values. However, these cases in no way reflect our Indonesian values of Islam which represented by two large Islamic mass organizations: NU and Muhammadiyah. The research was conducted in Central Java and East Java provinces. The objectives of the research is to establish NU and Muhammadiyah’s support in enforcing themselves as moderate Islamic organizations in countering intolerant-radical Islamic groups in society.
In data collection, this research conducted an in-depth interview method with more than 100 informants. They were NU members, executive boards, activists, from national to local level. The researchers also part of NU and Muhammadiyah. Both directly and indirectly, this study also involved senior and junior activists from both organizations.
We would like to thanks all the parties who are involved and supported in this research: PBNU and its autonomous and institutional bodies; PP Muhammadiyah and its autonomous organizations and institutions; Central Java and East Java PWNU and bodies; PW Muhammadiyah in Central Java and East Java; PCNU Situbondo and Sragen along with their atunomous bodies and institutions.
We thank the management of Muhammadiyah Surakarta, Sukoharjo, Malang, and Lamongan along with their autonomous and institutional bodies. In particular, we would like to thank Hasnan BAchtiar, Khelmy K. Pribadi, aki Khoirudin, Maman Abdurrahman, Khoirul Anwar, Ahmad Yadi, Helmi Suhaimi, M. Dawud, and other parties.
With all due respect, we are aware that this research has its limitations. Nevertheless, we really hope that this research can be beneficial for all parties. For NU and Muhammadiyah, this research is expected to be a “mirror” as a reflection. For government and other interested parties, this research can be a material for initiate partnership and providing support in countering violent extremism based on religion.