Jan 17, 2018 Last Updated 3:31 AM, Jan 6, 2018

Religion

Shifting faultlines

Shifting faultlines

In the aftermath of religious conflict, ethnic difference is becoming more prominent in Ambon

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Starting early

Starting early

New programs of compulsory religious education for Muslim children in West Sumatra have received little publicity outside that province. Is this a new phase in the Islamisation of Indonesia?

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Clash of interests

Tension within Cabinet has once again become public. But while many see it as a religious clash, the more serious conflict, writes GERRY VAN KLINKEN, is over the protection of special business interests.

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Waiting for Ngaben

Kuta Beach ceased some time ago to be what the brochures say it is. For Robert Goodfellow, the piles of plastic rubbish are signs of a deeper malaise.

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Battle for the pews

GERRY VAN KLINKEN explores the dramatic conflict within the Batak Protestant Church (HKBP). Environmental protest, military-backed thugs, and guerilla tactics to attend Sunday worship - these are the ingredients of a bizarre story.

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Itinerant scholars

Hinduism and Islam were born so far away. How did Indonesians learn of them? KAREL STEENBRINK traces a long history of religious scholars travelling overseas.

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How Muslims will say 'No'

What are the prospects of Islamic opposition? How democratic will it be? GEORGE ADITJONDRO finds much to be hopeful about.

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Breaking out!

DJOHAN EFFENDI explores the paradox of young progressives in Indonesia's most traditional Islamic organisation.

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A local hero

To Jakarta, he is an enigma. To the Madurese, he holds out hope for a better society. GERRY VAN KLINKEN goes to the grass-roots.

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Godly men in green

Abri officers are becoming more Islamic, but many do not want their Islam to become a political tool for the administration, according to MARCUS MIETZNER.

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No nightmares in Aceh

No nightmares in Aceh

Acehnese have no word for nightmare, but the trauma of the conflict years is nightly visited upon many survivors through their dreams.

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Laskar Jihad

A spiritual home for the lost, this militant sect is used by dangerous elites for their own ends

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Source: Cinema Poetica

Identity and Pleasure: The Politics of Indonesian Screen Culture invites us to embark on a visual journey of difficult episodes in Indonesian history

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Credit: http://www.tribunal1965.org

A witness account of the 2015 International People’s Tribunal on 1965

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