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

Religion

Bridging the divide after conflict

A recent visit to Ambon shows that trade is helping to bridge the divide in a religiously segregated society

Palm-leaf manuscripts in today’s Bali

The world of lontar will likely continue side by side with the new technologies of our digital age

New aromas

'Fragrant literature' is giving way to a diversity of literary voices and identities

Film review: Bitter Honey

Robert Lemelson’s latest documentary film takes his audience inside the lives of the women, men and children living in polygamous families in Bali

Fifteen years of Sinetron Religi

The religious influence of prime-time television in Indonesia

Impossible ideal?

Cosmopolitanism is a dirty word in rural West Java, where creativity and new words are needed to reopen dialogue.

Stopping intolerance

Government must act to halt growing discrimination against minorities

Turning away from terror

Prison can be a place of radicalisation or rehabilitation

Review: My name is Khan

This Indian film’s popularity reveals a popular critique of the US

Legislating against the supernatural

Indonesia’s parliament is cracking down on sorcery

Reflections of the soul

Art critics welcome exhibition of edgy works on Islamic themes

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

Born-again cosmopolitan

Pentecostalism and its expressive religiosity resonates with a new generation of Christians  

Taking a nap in the house of God

Mosques provide more than just spiritual salvation during the fasting month

Time bomb in Bali

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

For the good of the people?

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

Convenient thugs

FPI thrives when mainstream Muslim groups remain silent

‘You’re crazy. Don’t make up things!’

Celebrity gossip shows denigrate homosexuality, but at least they talk about it

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