Islam in Indonesia

The following stories deal with the subject of the Islamic religion in Indonesia, contemporary understandings of it and the effects of Islam on society and politics.

Call Like An Egyptian

April 30th, 2012, 77 Comments

Are Egyptian mosques' call to prayer a role model for Indonesia's?


Gender Jihad

November 18th, 2011, 10 Comments

An intelligent young woman on the discourse and interplays of how things are constituted and gendered.


Indonesia’s Religious Violence

November 2nd, 2011, 52 Comments

Andreas Harsono on whether Muslim journalists cover up or distort stories of religious violence.


Beer & Baconless: Mr Bule Flees Ramadan

July 4th, 2011, 17 Comments

As the holy month looms an Australian journalist plans his escape from the restrictions and impositions of Ramadhan and its aftermath.


Gusti Dertik in Batakland

May 19th, 2011, 18 Comments

Gusti Dertik (Dr.Herman Neubronner van der Tuuk) was, so we are told, the greatest nineteenth century Western student of Indonesian languages, possibly rivaled only by Brandes, a quite different type of scholar (and different type of human being). He laid the foundation for the comparative study of Indonesian languages by the formulation of two phonetic laws “without which”, according to the later testimony of the scholar of Malay Van Ronkel , “no scientific treatment of an Indonesian language is possible.”


Gregory Luke

December 16th, 2010, 27 Comments

Lombok expat Gregory Luke jailed for blasphemous tampering with mosque sound systems.


On the Rampage

December 13th, 2010, 12 Comments

Rampage by militant groups in in Bandung & Tasikmalaya, while a senior Democrat Party figure calls for their banning.


Jamasan, Larung Ageng, Sedekah Bumi & Manten Kucing

November 26th, 2010, 7 Comments

Local government in Wonogiri withdraws funding for three traditional Javanese cultural ceremonies, while in Tulungagung a fourth practice is under threat.


Official, Recognized Religions

October 1st, 2010, 10 Comments

Nineteen 'local' religions clamouring for state recognition says the NU, but the God of Indonesia is a jealous being.


PKS Watch: Jazuli Juwaini

September 29th, 2010, 6 Comments

Justice Party (PKS) politician Jazuli Juwaini's bloodthirsty salivating over the supposed death of Pastor Bob Old.