Polarization of the Muslim community towards government policies in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia

https://doi.org/10.21744/lingcure.v5nS1.1449

Authors

  • Ahmad Zain Sarnoto Institut PTIQ Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Lamya Hayatina STAI Fatahillah Serpong, Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia

Keywords:

COVID-19, government policy, pandemic, polarization

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyses the phenomenon of Muslims responding to government policies in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. This study is a review of the polarization of Muslims towards government policies to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been a change in the lifestyle of the Indonesian ‘Muslim community during the COVID-19 pandemic, and one of them can be seen from their worship practices. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) as a religious authority has issued a fatwa that supports the government's program in preventing the transmission of COVID-19. However, polarization occurred among the people, giving rise to new social categories that tended to be opposed to pro-government people. The methodology used is a religious sociology approach. The conclusion of this analysis is that Muslims are polarized in accepting government policies, namely; 1) irrational-passive groups, those whose views are not based on scientific logic and do not provide solutions in preventing the COVID-19 pandemic, 2) active-hating groups but the arguments given tend to be irrational, 3) rational groups, but some are semi-rational and support government policies, 4) rational groups but shy in presenting their arguments, and 5) rational-active groups supporting government policies.

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Published

2021-09-06

How to Cite

Sarnoto, A. Z., & Hayatina, L. (2021). Polarization of the Muslim community towards government policies in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia. Linguistics and Culture Review, 5(S1), 642-652. https://doi.org/10.21744/lingcure.v5nS1.1449

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