29 September 2017
Surabaya – Public Relations | FISIP UNAIR as a dynamic faculty, has always provided space and support for critical discussion initiated by students or the teaching staff. This time, on Friday (29/9) an event titled “Discussion and Caliphate Book Review” was created by Semi Autonomous Body (BSO) Research and Study Club FISIP UNAIR. Other than discussions, a book exhibition with various themes adorned the event.
Starting from the issue of radicalism that has been discussed lately, looking at many students falling into the radical movement, Research and Study Club seeks to provide an appropriate discussion media. The goal was to give a deeper understanding of the radicalism and the dangers it contains.
Opened by the speech of the Vice Dean I, Prof. Dr. Budi Prasetyo M.Si., the discussion took place in the Hall of Soetandyo FISIP UNAIR. The Research and Study Club invited four capable speakers in the field, namely lecturer from UIN Surabaya, Dr. Ainur Rofiq al-Amin, an Islamic Political and Middle East Observer, Mohammad Nuruzzaman, author of the Book “Controversies of Caliphate Theories” Muhamad Sofi Mubarok, SH.I, and last of all International Relations lecturer at Airlangga University Joko Susanto, S.IP, MSc.
Not only students from FISIP UNAIR, but colleagues from other universities around Surabaya and Sidoarjo, namely ITS, PENS, and Muhammadiyah University of Sidoarjo, also attended the discussion and caliphate book review. The discussion went seriously, lasting for four hours, the participants actively involved themselves by questioning about the various arguments presented by the speaker on radicalism and caliphate. One of the interesting discussions was the idea of Dr. Ainur Rofiq Al-Amin. According to him, there is a possibility that the increasing number of students engaging in radical organizations is a continuous expression of the repression by Soeharto’s regime. “In the 1990’s, repression was massively conducted by the New Order. Students who had an interest towards Islam, had their own appeal towards Islam which ultimately lead to caliphate-based radicalism. This was considered by them as an alternative to the condition of the New Order,” he said. (NIK/CAY/NZZ)