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from THE JAKARTA POST -- TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010 Despite his controversial ideas, Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid unquestionably has influenced many, both who he physically met and those who read and heard his talks, writings, work and discussions about him.
The former president and former chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) was widely portrayed as a fighter for democracy, a great intellectual and an inclusive and genuine ulema. After his death in January, praise and respects poured for his achievements in promoting democracy, humanity and Islam.
During his brief tenure as the country's fourth president from October 1999 to July 2001, Gus Dur, however, was not only controversial, but …