Nahdlatul Ulama/LibForAll Delegation Visits Europe
to Help Bridge Misunderstanding
and Build “A Firewall Against Terrorism in Islam’s Name”
In September, 2010, Senior LibForAll Advisor Kyai Haji Mustofa Bisri—a revered Muslim theologian and former leader of Indonesia’s 40-million member Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) organization—prepared to travel with C. Holland Taylor to Europe, to inaugurate a long-term, systematic effort to fulfill LibForAll co-founder President Wahid’s strategy, developed with CEO Holland Taylor, that details “how America, and the West, can help Islam.”
Weeks before their departure, a group of prominent security experts from the U.S. published a provocative article, and study in the Washington Times, which heavily criticized those who wish to enforce medieval Islamic jurisprudence in the 21st century, while praising the late President Wahid and the Nahdlatul Ulama as exemplars of a spiritual and “libertarian” understanding of Islam.
On the eve of Mustofa Bisri and C. Holland Taylor’s trip, a press conference was held in Jakarta to announce the upcoming European tour, which featured meetings and lectures in Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
Kyai Haji A. Mustofa Bisri, flanked by Rainer Heufers of Germany’s Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (left) and LibForAll’s C. Holland Taylor (right), at a press conference held at the Nahdlatul Ulama’s headquarters, announcing the NU/LibForAll delegation’s visit to Europe
The NU/LibForAll delegation consulted with Muslim figures in each of the European countries they visited. Here, KH. Mustofa Bisri discusses conditions in Europe with the leadership of the Muslim Council of Sweden, and with the Swedish Foreign Ministry’s top expert on Islam, Mr. Jan Henningsson.
At the headquarters of media giant Deutsche Welle (the German equivalent of BBC), along the banks of the Rhine River in Bonn, Germany, Kyai Haji Mustofa Bisri and C. Holland Taylor recorded three interviews for broadcast on the international network.
Professor Weiße congratulating KH. Mustofa Bisri on his film series, and lauding the contribution made by his visit to Europe.