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    Al-Andalus: a Short Personal Reflection

    December 1491.  The last days was approaching. The siege had caused famine and misery. Abu Abdullah or Boabdil had to decide an unthinkable decision that will change the stream of history. He felt every breath he took and every move he made.[1] At the Hill of Martyr, accompanied by small numbers of his knights, he came to see Ferdinand and Isabella for the royal procession. He gave Ferdinand the last key of the Muslim palace on Iberian Peninsula. By that moment, the Muslim defeat was completed; the reconquesta was accomplished; the Moors was expelled. Before the last Sultan left the city, he turned his back and saw his lost kingdom…

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    Note on Gus Dur

    Ketika di pesantren Darussalam Ciamis, semasa SMA, saya seorang Gus Dur-ian sejati. Ada seorang kawan lain, Kholil namanya, yang juga seperti aku: menjadi fans berat Gus Dur. Posisi yang aku ambil untuk menjadi fans Gus Dur, saat di pesantren itu, kurang populer. Maklum, pesantrenku itu pesantren Persis/Muhammadiyah. Aku sering diledeki oleh kawan sebagai pengagum seorang yang Kiai plin-plan, Kiai pendukung Israel, Kiai nyeleneh karena mau ganti ucapan ‘assalamu’alaikum’ dengan selamat pagi, Kiai yang ‘menyamaratakan’ agama dan lain-lain. Pendirianku tidak goyah, aku tetap Gus Dur-ian hingga keluar pesantren. Aku tahul nama Gus Dur di pesantren sebelum aku masuk Darussalam, tepatnya di pesantren Darul Ulum, sebuah pesantren NU di kampungku. Pesantrenku adalah…