The multiplicity of Muhammadiyah's political engagement in Indonesia's DPD election

Amika Wardana, Syahrul Hidayat

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e establishment of the DPD (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat or Regional Representative Council) in Indonesia in 2004 has provided individuals and civil society organizations such as Muhammadiyah with the opportunity to participate in the legislative process without formally entering politics. As exemplied by three cases in Yogyakarta, South Sulawesi and West Sumatra, three local Muhammadiyah branches have participated in the last three DPD elections (2004, 2009, and 2014), with each winning a seat each in the 2014 election. is reveals the inherently political nature of civil-cum-Islamic social-religious organizations such as Muhammadiyah, which will manifest itself whenever opportunities become available. Yet, due to different organizational strengths and the social-cultural capital of each local branch office, diverse approaches and political strategies were used to mobilize members and sympathizers, thereby encouraging them to vote.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-111
Number of pages37
JournalStudia Islamika
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Indonesia Elections
  • Muhammadiyah
  • Political Islam
  • Regional Representative Council


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