Sep 23, 2020 Last Updated 7:31 AM, Sep 18, 2020

Society

Aa Gym

Aa Gym

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

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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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Shifting faultlines

Shifting faultlines

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

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Gay identities

Modern gay men in Indonesia learn to live alongside traditional concepts of homosexuality. DEDE OETOMO explains.

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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.

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Information revolution

Satellite TV and the Internet are opening Indonesia to the globe. MARK CRAWFORD asks: Will this mean less mind control by the state?

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Big projects, little people

After 20 years, LEA JELLINEK returns to Jakarta's kampungs only to find many demolished for condominiums. The mood of their constantly evicted residents oscillates between resignation and resistance.

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A 150-year old obstacle to land rights 

Sep 18, 2020 - AHMAD DHIAULHAQ & WARD BERENSCHOT

Protestors calling for land reform, Jakarta, September 2019 / Dhemas Reviyanto / ANTARA FOTO

The Dutch colonialists adopted the concept of domein verklaring (domain declaration) to claim control over a large part of Indonesia’s land. This act lives on in modern-day Indonesia, causing conflict...

Thoughts for Lance Castles

Sep 14, 2020 - ANTHONY REID

Lance Castles, painted by Yasin Tiar in 1999

Obituary: Remembering Lance Castles (1937–2020)

Sep 13, 2020 - MARGARET KARTOMI et al

Lance in a seminar in Jakarta / TEMPO/NIHIL PAKURIL

Book Review: Man of Contradictions

Sep 07, 2020 - MARCUS MIETZNER

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Photo Essay: From the field

Sep 07, 2020 - GIULIA ZANINELLI

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Be there! Exploring small oil palm plantations from Riau (not Europe)

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