The International Center for Islam and Pluralism ICIP

Linked with Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd – Egypt, with Modernity, Democracy Are Only for the Privileged, with The Qur’anic Concept of Justice.

ICIP was established in Jakarta in July 2003, after one year of preparation and dialogue. Participants in the dialogue process included intellectuals and specialists on Islam and pluralism, from Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Thailand and the Philippines. The principal goal of ICIP is to build a network of Islamic Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and progressive-moderate Muslim activists and intellectuals, in South-East Asia, and eventually around the globe. ICIP’s soft launching took place on 11-11-2003 in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Vision: The making of a harmonious relationship among various cultural and religious groups, transgressing all civilisations, based on principles of pluralism and multiculturalism.

Mission: ICIP’s main mission is to disseminate the ideas of Indonesia’s moderate and progressive Muslims to audiences in both Indonesia and around the world. It will also disseminate the ideas of international moderate and progressive Muslim thinkers to the Indonesian people.

Activities: ICIP’s activities are centred on four major sub-themes:

  • The search for and dissemination of, authoritative Muslim texts supporting pluralism, tolerance, human rights, and democracy;
  • The promotion of gender equality and women’s political participation within Islamic discourse;
  • Support for Muslim NGOs, activists and intellectuals engaged in efforts to promote justice, democratic participation, and religious tolerance within the Muslim world; and
  • Critical exploration of the relationship and interchange of thought between the Muslim world and the “West”.

Activities which are currently being undertaken include: (full text).

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