Jul 02, 2022 Last Updated 4:52 AM, Jun 27, 2022

Religion

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

Religious Bandung

Bandung’s government opts for a religious program that matches the city’s character

God and democracy

A Christian church is asserting its democratic rights by suing the mayor of Depok

Celebrating community

A temple procession brings Chinese culture to life in Jakarta’s streets

Inside the Laskar Jihad

From the Archives Greg Fealy (ii65: Jan-Mar 2001) interviews the leader of a new, radical and militant sect

Marketing the Chinese face of Islam

Chinese Muslim preachers are popular, but they don’t always promote greater pluralism

Locating culture in the church

Minahasan Christians reinterpret their cultural history and identity through religion

The wives of Noordin Top

The media portrays women who marry terrorists as victims, but the reality is far more complex

'Selamat Berbuka Puasa'

In South Kalimantan local politicians target TV screens with strategically-placed messages for Ramadan

The right to choose

Indonesian activists keep fighting to have abortion decriminalised

'When Love Glorifies God'

Islamic film is emerging as a new genre in the Indonesian film world

Ponari and the sorcerer's stone

A little boy’s miracle-working throws light on the workings of the Indonesian state and the hunger for salvation amongst ordinary people

Down but not out

Islamic political parties did not do well, but Islamic politics are going mainstream

Symbols and signs

Photo-essay: PKS is often depicted as radical Islamist, but its members show evidence of ideological diversity

Dominant but weak

Signs of underlying fragility in nationalist parties may benefit Islamic parties in future elections

Patrolling sexuality

The authorities and the media promote vigilantism in Aceh

Struggling to be young

Brotherhood among the poor urban youth of Jakarta

Ahmadiyah dispute intensifies

Violence at the National Monument in Jakarta almost caused a conflict between Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah in Lamongan

Keeping Bali strong?

Hindu-Muslim tensions have mounted, but not to boiling point

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