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

Education

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

Sartono Kartodirdjo, 1921-2007

Indonesia’s premier historian

Making democracy work, Islamically

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

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?

Satya Wacana University: an expensive lesson

Many foreigners have learned Indonesian on the green campus of Satya Wacana University in Salatiga, Central Java. Since 1993 it has been in the news for a different reason. BUDI KURNIAWAN reports that serious conflicts between the campus community and the university board have reduced the prestigious campus to a shadow of its former self.

The world's first street university

Street children are not social misfits. They are creative exiles from an oppressive state system, according to LAINE BERMAN and HARRIOTT BEAZLEY.

Spread the word

MELODY KEMP discovers some quiet achievers in environmental education -- who accept no foreign aid.

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.

Not your local member

When this teacher tries to explain the electoral system, he ends up in knots. SUGENG PERMANA listens in.

Romo Mangun

Tribute to a multi-talented, national figure

By the book, please

East Timorese students in Yogyakarta suffer intimidation

My pesantren, Darur Ridwan

Life in an East Javanese Islamic boarding school

Teenage pregnancy

PIKIR is working hard to give pregnant teenagers real choices

Reforming pesantren

While reform of Islamic education is necessary, secularisation is not

Critical studies

A thriving Asian studies is integral to a critical liberal humanities program

A day in Flores

Teaching kids is about the little things

Campus cruelty

Student initiations teach brutal lessons

Lecture me not

Helping to boost English teaching seemed a splendid idea, but then Indonesian realities intervened

How to stop understanding

Blanket travel warnings just don’t make sense

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