Wahid said the network is named after her father, former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid (also known as Gus Dur
), who strived to defend democracy and fought for human rights during his lifetime, proving that democracy and Islamic principles can go hand in hand in Indonesian society.
It was similar to the invitation that the late Indonesian leader Gus Dur
had received 16 years ago.
Wahid, who was fondly called "Gus Dur
" by the people, was credited with bringing democracy and freedom back to Indonesia, but at the same time, criticized for his unruly choices of cabinet and unstable administration that plunged Indonesia into an economic crisis.
Following the country's first democratic election in 1999, Abdurrahman "Gus Dur
" Wahid and Megawati Sukarnoputri were elected as Indonesia's new President and Vice President respectively.
, as he is popularly called, often launched controversial ideas and perfomed "odd" actions confusing many people, including his followers.
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
. The latter even made possible the mass Papua congress of 2000, which enabled the institutionalization of some representative body in the form of the Papua Presidium.
In his first year he took a graduate seminar on interreligious dialogue with Swidler; during that period his friend Abdurrahman Wahid (better known as Gus Dur
) came to the U.S.
president abdulrrahman Wahid, known as Gus Dur
, a national hero due to his