Feb 23, 2024 Last Updated 12:52 AM, Feb 22, 2024

Religion

Travels in West Timor

SIMON ANDREWARTHA discovers a quiet invasion by outsiders, even in the remotest villages.

No nightmares in Aceh

Acehnese have no word for nightmare, but the trauma of the conflict years is nightly visited upon many survivors through their dreams.

Inside the Laskar Jihad

An interview with the leader of a new, radical and militant sect

Towards a New Papua

When they hear the sacred texts of the church, Papuans see a better future

Radical or reformist?

How Islamic will the new movements make Indonesia?

Laskar Jihad

A spiritual home for the lost, this militant sect is used by dangerous elites for their own ends

A syncretistic Jew

Learning from Indonesian religious experience

Celebrate for peace

Reclaiming public ritual can help resolve conflict

Ritual, politics and tourism

Ritual purification ceremonies have dominated Balinese recovery efforts

Preaching fundamentalism

The public teachings of Abu Bakar Ba'asyir

My pesantren, Darur Ridwan

Life in an East Javanese Islamic boarding school

Reconciling NU and the PKI

An Interview with Pak Imam Aziz, Program Coordinator, Syarikat

Reforming pesantren

While reform of Islamic education is necessary, secularisation is not

Land, church and state

Forestry business packaged in ecological concerns in Flores

Running for office

A Christian candidate for a Muslim party in North Maluku

Women and syariah in Aceh

Aceh’s women find themselves between an armed conflict and Islamic law

Opponents of Islamic Law

Diverse responses to proponents of Islamic law indicate democracy is healthy in South Sulawesi

Islam and democracy cannot meet

Irfan Awwas sets out his vision for Islamic law in Indonesia

Titiek and the bearded pig

In 2003 Titiek went on a pig-hunting trip with a difference

Turtle satay?

Attitudes towards turtle consumption are changing in Bali

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