May 19, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Islam

An evening with Abu Bakar Ba’asyir

Firebrand preacher’s audience doesn’t burn with enthusiasm

A world of reading

Local writers help combat illiteracy in rural Banten

Angel sparks controversy

Journalists strike after West Java’s most famous newspaper ‘withdraws’ poem.

Classroom culture shock

An Australian teacher trainer learns a lesson (or two) in East Java

Modelling syariah in Aceh

A conference in Banda Aceh reveals divergent opinions about what model of Islamic law Aceh should adopt

Making democracy work, Islamically

Indonesia’s Muslim educators support democracy, but grapple with how to make that commitment consistent with Islamic law.

This woman wants polygamy

But her husband won’t come to the party.

Aa Gym

The rise, fall, and re-branding of a celebrity preacher

Illiberal but not intolerant

Understanding the Indonesian Council of Ulamas

Shifting faultlines

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

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?

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.

Portrait of a female preacher

NELLY VAN DOORN discovers a woman preacher revered for her faith and drive, who questions the image of a male-centred Islam.

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.

Islam in opposition? It's not that simple.

Despite an impression that Islam has lately become a potent force of opposition, GREG BARTON thinks many Muslims have a stake in the status quo.

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.

Breaking out!

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

Rationality and the clitorectomy

A Spanish enquirer gets the catechism in an exclusive Jakarta suburb. MARGARET COFFEY was there too.

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.

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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