Aug 20, 2018 Last Updated 4:06 AM, Aug 20, 2018

Religion

Impossible ideal?

Impossible ideal?

Cosmopolitanism is a dirty word in rural West Java, where creativity and new words are needed to reopen dialogue.

Read more

Joke of the month?

Joke of the month?

What do you get when you cross Sarah Palin and an Islamic polygamist? Meet Rhoma Irama – Indonesia’s king of dangdut

Read more

Time bomb in Bali

Time bomb in Bali

A culture that suppresses conflict disguises decades-long tensions in Balinese communities

Read more

For the good of the people?

For the good of the people?

The challenges of governing ‘societal organisations’ pose difficult questions for Indonesian democracy

Read more

The shadow of the Ayatollah

The shadow of the Ayatollah

Indonesia’s Shi’i community is struggling to find the right balance between local traditions and its fascination with Iran

Read more

Front stage with the PKS

Front stage with the PKS

At its upmarket congress, Indonesia’s biggest Islamic party tried but failed to convince it has become an open and inclusive party

Read more

Praying across borders

Praying across borders

Doctrinal borders that divide traditionalist and modernist Muslims in Banjarmasin are breaking down, but slowly

Read more

Latest Articles

The red thread

Aug 19, 2018 - MATTHEW WOOLGAR

Kontras

A recently uncovered report reveals how anti-communist paranoia stoked abductions of pro-democracy activists in the last days of the New Order

Obituary: The Danarto I knew

Jul 19, 2018 - SENO GUMIRA AJIDARMA

Review: A historical novel?

Jul 17, 2018 - GIORA ELIRAZ

Islam’s limited presence in Kurniawan’s novel Beauty is a Wound seems surprising given his cultural roots

Middle-path Islam

Jun 29, 2018 - MARK WOODWARD

An As’adiyah pesantren alumni group from Makassar, South Sulawesi: Mark Woodward

The vibrant force of As’adiyah is countering Islamic extremism and safeguarding ethnic and cultural identity

Review: Bicultural leader Siauw Giok Tjhan

Jun 18, 2018 - SASKIA E WIERINGA

Subscribe to Inside Indonesia

Receive Inside Indonesia's latest articles and quarterly editions in your inbox.

 


Lontar Modern Indonesia

Lontar-Logo-Ok

 

A selection of stories from the Indonesian classics and modern writers, periodically published free for Inside Indonesia readers, courtesy of Lontar