Bali Bombers: A Visit to the Ngruki School in Central Java

 

Ustadz Wahyuddin, current director of the Pondok Ngruki school in Central Java.
Ustadz Wahyuddin, current director of the Pondok Ngruki school in Central Java.

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — Early Sunday morning, the Indonesian government executed three men convicted of the 2002 Bali Bombings, ending a controversial period of postponements, court appeals and international media attention. The three all have ties to an Islamic boarding school, called Pondok Ngruki, located in Central Java. The school is one of the most notorious in the country for espousing a fundamentalist version of Islam and for producing particularly fervent alumni. I visited the school three days before the executions took place and spoke with the current director, Ustadz Wahyuddin. 

Read the report filed for World Politics Review.

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