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Ali Maschan Moesa, an official of Indonesia’s most powerful Islamist group, says: ‘‘Religion needs the state, and the state needs religion, but the relationship should not be too close.’’
Lena Rachmawati (R) and Ninikrohmawati, both 15, are students at a moderate Indonesian school.

Conflict hits Indonesia hard

Extremists rock tolerant nation

By Charles A. Radin
Globe Staff / May 9, 2005

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PEMOGON, Indonesia The men were marked as outsiders and Islamic fundamentalists by their untrimmed beards and long, flowing robes. They arrived, one or two at a time, in the summer of 2002, preaching, trading, selling rolls and sandwiches in this quiet village on the working-class side of Bali, where Muslims coexist placidly with Hindus, Buddhists, and animists. (Full article: 2226 words)

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