Jun 21, 2024 Last Updated 1:20 AM, Jun 20, 2024

Religion

Essay: In God we (don’t) trust

Irreligious youth are looking for their place in religious Indonesia

Diversity, but how exactly?

Lessons and beliefs on inter-religious mixing can get messy for youth in Manado

Essay: Harmony versus hate

Masykuri Bakri doesn’t fit the stereotype for a moderate Muslim leader

Forbidden smoke

Banda Aceh’s anti-tobacco efforts are unfairly focused on women smokers

Pencak Silat: Traditional martial art and modern sport

An interview with Ian Wilson, by Andy Fuller

Middle-path Islam

The vibrant force of As’adiyah is countering Islamic extremism and safeguarding ethnic and cultural identity

Church-based resistance to mining in Manggarai

Resistance is a way of defending local people’s rights in dealing with mining policy

Islam and citizenship

Organisations like Wahdah Islamiyah envision an ‘Islamic’ citizenship for Indonesia

Staging local identity in West Java

Performance groups negotiate between Islam and Sundanese tradition

Islamic cyber-activism

Yogyakartan Salafi youth are turning to social media to promote their faith 

Book Review: Inventing Imam Samudra

Book Review: Imam Samudra’s Revenge, by Angus McIntyre

Religious conflict and heritage management in Banten Lama

An ongoing struggle to control a historic Mosque disrupts a heritage region

The political economy of cultural heritage in Trowulan

The battles for the future of an archaeological landscape

The hidden story of Borobudur

A local communities’ perspective

Religious Bandung II: The champion arrives

Bandung’s civic improvement program continues after its patron is imprisoned 

Imagining a nation divided

Aceh Singkil’s recent church burning may reflect common ways Indonesians have linked religion and region

Urban Christian aspirations

A new interdenominational Christian movement is gaining momentum in urban centres

More than a fanclub

Islamic State's growing Indonesian support base poses a serious long-term threat

A twist of fate

Indonesian novels about 1965 reach back to the Mahabharata to find hope and resignation 

Review: Democracy, corruption and the politics of spirits in contemporary Indonesia

Nils Bubandt brings an exciting new approach to the study of Indonesia's politics

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