Despite the high hopes of both domestic and international audiences, Gus Dur
often behaved erratically and made controversial decisions such as allowing the insurgent Papuan's "morning star" flag to be flown, lifting the ban on the communist party and dismissing cabinet members for reasons that were unclear.
And no one is more confused about Gus Dur
than his followers.
According to Muhaimin, Rusdi joined the PKB as he wanted to join the struggle of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia s largest Muslim organization, and the party s central figure, former president Abdurrahman Gus Dur
321) Yet neither Gus Dur
nor his successor Megawati answer to this description.
Abdurrahman Wahid -- known as Gus Dur
-- was the chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama (the largest mainstream Muslim organization in Indonesia) and a former Indonesian president.
These were followed by a rather spectacular softening in the attitudes of the central government in 1999, when president Habibie invited a group of hundred Papua leaders to Jakarta to discuss their grievances, and more positive concessions ensued from his successor Gus Dur
During a visit to Jakarta in the summer of 1997 for a conference on Christian-Muslim dialogue that Swidler helped organize, he had an extended meeting with Gus Dur
through the help of Amanda Suharnoko, whom he had met through Shihab.
president abdulrrahman Wahid, known as Gus Dur
, a national hero due to his
Wahid, known fondly by his nickname Gus Dur
, was a democratic reformer and proponent of moderate Islam who reached out to religious minorities in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation.
More commonly known as Gus Dur
, Abdurrahman became Indonesia's fourth president after Suharto was ousted from power following a student-led uprising against the general's three-decade rule.
The charismatic and pre-eminent leadership style of NU leader Abdurrahman Wahid, popularly known as Gus Dur
, who briefly rose to be President of Indonesia, almost tore the NU apart politically, spawning parties, controversy and splits.
Aside from a distinct change in accent in Cak Nur's thought before and after his Chicago experience, there are also differences between Cak Nur and Gus Dur
in regards to their intellectual outlook and concerns.