Jun 03, 2020 Last Updated 5:56 AM, Jun 2, 2020

Religion

Joke of the month?

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

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Time bomb in Bali

Time bomb in Bali

A culture that suppresses conflict disguises decades-long tensions in Balinese communities

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For the good of the people?

For the good of the people?

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

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The shadow of the Ayatollah

The shadow of the Ayatollah

Indonesia’s Shi’i community is struggling to find the right balance between local traditions and its fascination with Iran

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Front stage with the PKS

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

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Praying across borders

Praying across borders

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

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Art for Allah’s sake

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

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New leadership, new policies?

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

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Homophobia on the rise

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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Religious Bandung

Religious Bandung

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

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