Welcoming to 108th anniversary of Muhammadiyah and 104th ‘Aisyiyah, the Faculty of Economics, Social Sciences and Humanities held a virtual National Seminar (May/31). The seminar was an event series of the 30th anniversary of Universitas Aisyiyah Yogyakarta. Bringing the theme of the Muhammadiyah/’Aisyiyah Association Democratic Tradition, FEISHum UNISA Yogyakarta presented Prof. Hyung-Jun Kim from Kangwoo National University as the main speaker.

Besides presenting Prof. Hyung-Jun Kim, the Feishum Seminar was also filled by two Feishum lecturers. Both of Dewi Amanatun Suryani and Diska Arliena Hafni from the Public Administration Study Program.

Mega Ardina, as the Dean of FEISHum UNISA Yogyakarta in her speech, said that at the age of 108 Muhammadiyah and 104 years ‘Aisyiyah showed how democracy was deeply rooted in this organization. Therefore, it was important to further discuss how the democratic tradition had taken root in Muhammadiyah/’Aisyiyah Association.

“Muhammadiyah and ‘Aisyiyah’s work in various sectors of national and state life, it shows us that Association has given an excellent example of democracy learning,” told Mega Ardina.

In line with what was conveyed by Mega Ardina, Prof. Hyung-Jun Kim also revealed that for more than 100 years scientists had considered that the democratic system was difficult to be compatible with Islam. It happened because of the view that Islam did not allow a separation between state and religion. Meanwhile, the Islamic political system was the unity of religion and state.

“However, Muhammadiyah and ‘Aisyiyah can give ideal examples for us to see how the democratic system can work in religious organizations,” said Prof. Hyung-Jun Kim in his presentation.

According to Prof. Hyung-Jun Kim, the elements contained in Muhammadiyah ‘Aisyiyah were much stronger than the concept of Civil Society found in western countries. These elements were supported by several pillars in the democratic tradition of Muhammadiyah ‘Aisyiyah. Among them were ideology, leadership system, decision system, member relations, business management system, and operating system. Dewi Amanatun conveyed that Muhammadiyah had carried out the democratic tradition even since the independence of the Republic of Indonesia. It was supported by the involvement of several Muhammadiyah cadres in the Investigative Agency for Preparatory Work for Indonesian Independence. Even during the reformation period, Muhammadiyah’s progress was increasingly evident in almost all sectors.

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