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.

Bekasi Bigots

February 21st, 2010, 196 Comments

Sectarian mapping of cities to prevent conflict, as another church, in Bekasi, is closed.

Heresy Law Challenge

February 9th, 2010, 26 Comments

Constitutional Court hears case on free interpretation of religions, a human right or recipe for anarchy.

Hantu Puncak Datang Bulan

February 4th, 2010, 13 Comments

Murderous menstruating zombies in soft-porn horror flick "Hantu Puncak Datang Bulan".

Forbidden Hair Styles for Women

January 20th, 2010, 45 Comments

hairWomen's hair issues dominate discussions at an East Java clerics' meeting.

A Shadow Falls

January 12th, 2010, 31 Comments

A Shadow FallsMystics and Islamists battle it out in a Javanese village, Andrew Beatty's "A Shadow Falls".

Agus Wardoyo aka Nadia

December 29th, 2009, 11 Comments

Sex ChangeThe tabloid sensation of sex change recipient Agus Wardoyo aka Nadia Ilmira Arkadea.

Most Influential Muslim Leaders

November 30th, 2009, 10 Comments

Prominent Indonesian Muslims striding the world stage, winning prizes, and on important lists.

Depravity, Decadence & Punishment

November 29th, 2009, 73 Comments

Tifatul SembiringPunishment for sin, a minister blames disasters on depravity & corruption of Indonesians.

Doomsday 2012 Movie & MUI

November 20th, 2009, 62 Comments

Doomsday 2012 MovieObscure branches of the MUI have their 15 minutes of fame in protest at the '2012' doomsday movie.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Obama

October 12th, 2009, 19 Comments

Clerical, non bewildered reaction to Barack Obama's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Qory Sandioriva, Putri Indonesia

October 12th, 2009, 112 Comments

Wailing and gnashing of teeth in Aceh over the shameless Putri Indonesia 2009.

Clouds & Silver Linings

September 19th, 2009, 21 Comments

Two clouds with silver linings, Tommy Suharto's bid for Golkar, and sharia stoning laws in Aceh.

Soraya Abdullah

September 14th, 2009, 32 Comments

The vanishing of burqa clad actress Soraya Abdullah and possible connections to terrorism.

Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) Schools

September 9th, 2009, 12 Comments

Problematic religious schools on Java, which ones and police monitoring of them.

Fatalism & Will of God

September 2nd, 2009, 147 Comments

Other worldly factors in climate change, are Indonesian students right?

Short Stories

August 31st, 2009, 81 Comments

Short story competition on the culture wars, Timdog and Ross go head to head.

The Fires of Hell

August 27th, 2009, 63 Comments

The Fires of HellHow hot are the fires in hell and how they are full of women.

Operasi Cipta Kondisi

August 24th, 2009, 25 Comments

PolriMonitoring Ramadan mosque sermons in the war on terrorism.

Beliefs in Spirits & Demons

August 17th, 2009, 14 Comments

Fatwa on superstitious beliefs in arts and pop culture television.

Tangerang, City of Shame!

August 17th, 2009, 69 Comments

Ross finds shameful bigotry in the fair city of Tangerang.

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