Journalism and "The Call to Allah": Teaching Journalism in Indonesia’s Islamic Universities and State Institutes

Janet Steele


There are 18 Islamic universities and institutes in Indonesia, and each offers some sort of journalism education. These courses are not located in the social sciences, but rather in schools of dakwah, where they are seen as key elements of Islamic propagation. This article focuses on three aspects of journalism education in Islamic Indonesia: the “vision and mission” of dakwah, the curriculum and course content, and what happens to students upon graduation. It concludes with thoughts on the similarities and differences with what has been called “prophetic journalism” in the United States, and a discussion of the overall goals of journalism in an Islamic context.

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