Nahdlatul Ulama As a Civil Society in Indonesia
Keywords:Islam, Democracy, Civil Society, Nahdatul Ulama, political parties
As a western value, the concept of Civil Society has similarities with Islamic social values, in many studies finding the reality that the society built by the Prophet Muhammad SAW is egalitarian, participatory and has equality before the law. As a name, Civil Society can be said to be the ideal dream form of Western society, but its value has many similarities with the society governed in Islam. Nahdatul Ulama (NU) as the largest religious organization in Indonesia in its activities has played a role as a national civil society in spreading democratic values within Islamic boarding schools or in terms of community advocacy, especially women, although this role still has several records in it. Nahdatul Ulama's closeness to one of the national political parties has made it a political institution, causing limitations to embrace or serve as a forum for people who have different political choices.