Dec 02, 2022 Last Updated 6:29 AM, Nov 29, 2022

Islam

New aromas

'Fragrant literature' is giving way to a diversity of literary voices and identities

Fifteen years of Sinetron Religi

The religious influence of prime-time television in Indonesia

Impossible ideal?

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

Turning away from terror

Prison can be a place of radicalisation or rehabilitation

Review: My name is Khan

This Indian film’s popularity reveals a popular critique of the US

Reflections of the soul

Art critics welcome exhibition of edgy works on Islamic themes

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

Taking a nap in the house of God

Mosques provide more than just spiritual salvation during the fasting month

For the good of the people?

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

Convenient thugs

FPI thrives when mainstream Muslim groups remain silent

‘You’re crazy. Don’t make up things!’

Celebrity gossip shows denigrate homosexuality, but at least they talk about it

We are the blessed ones

Activists work to change men’s interpretations of Islam that justify their superiority at home

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

Praying across borders

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

Supporting syariah, advancing women

The life and work of an Islamic teacher in Aceh shows that the struggle for gender equality is about much more than syariah.

Art for Allah’s sake

A unique pesantren, founded and led by an internationally recognised Indonesian calligrapher, attracts men and women from all over the archipelago

New leadership, new policies?

The Nahdlatul Ulama congress in Makassar arrests the slide away from liberal views but shows the organisation's vulnerability to outside political interference

Homophobia on the rise

Recent attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender meetings reveal the growing influence of Islamist groups and highlight unequal protection of citizenship rights

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