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.

Cholil Ridwan & Kompas

November 29th, 2008, 29 Comments

KompasMUI leader Cholil Ridwan says Kompas newspaper is a western papist tool for attacking Islam.


Religious Differences & Pluralism

November 29th, 2008, 30 Comments

Ross on the bigotry of teachers of religion in Islamic schools, ideological jilbabs, and Dewi Persik.


Yoga Exercises, Halal or Haram

November 26th, 2008, 88 Comments

YogaMuslim yoga enthusiasts are asked to suspend their yoga activities while the MUI examines whether it is haram.


Offensive Cartoons on Websites

November 19th, 2008, 89 Comments

Website and blog owners scramble to delete offensive cartoons as the government, MUI and PKS bear down on them.


Wahabi & Wahhabism

November 11th, 2008, 79 Comments

The Justice Party-PKS is not a bringer of Saudi Arabian Wahabi Islam to Indonesia, says its leader.


Pro The Death Penalty

November 7th, 2008, 81 Comments

Treespotter looks at capital punishment around the world, and an argument in favour of it.


Single Mothers in Yogya

November 5th, 2008, 98 Comments

Clare recounts his daughter's experience of having a child out of wedlock in Yogyakarta.


Tim Pembela Muslim

November 4th, 2008, 4 Comments

Ross lambasts the legal profession for its tolerance of the Tim Pembela Muslim (TPM), the Muslim Lawyers' Team.


Syech Puji, Pujiono Cahyo & Underage Lust

October 24th, 2008, 292 Comments

The controversy over a politician-cleric's marriage to an underage girl in Semarang.


Chinese Muslims

October 17th, 2008, 75 Comments

Cheng HooA minority within a minority, organization and numbers of Chinese Muslims in Java and North Sumatra.


Popular Myths & Madura

October 3rd, 2008, 39 Comments

Timdog on popular stereotypes about Madura and the Madurese, and the rumoured sexual prowess of the women.


Idul Fitri Celebrations

October 1st, 2008, 15 Comments

Ross rails against the minister of religion over dictating what date Eid Al Fitr celebrations should be on.


Muslim Dating & Courting Rituals

September 18th, 2008, 13 Comments

TaarufIslamic rituals of courting and romance, how to woo your Muslim bride the taaruf way.


Effeminate Men

September 15th, 2008, 10 Comments

The MUI's laundry list of complaints about television programming this Ramadan, including effeminate male roles.


God is Dead

September 12th, 2008, 43 Comments

NietzcheIndonesian students of Islam encountering western anti-orthodox religion philosophy.


Key to Success

September 10th, 2008, 32 Comments

SuccessOn why the Islamic world fell into backwardness, and the key to future success.


Proper Etiquette for Ramadan

September 9th, 2008, 37 Comments

Ramadan etiquette for unbelievers, by Purba Negoro.


Beach Parties & Riding Pillion

September 5th, 2008, 15 Comments

Aceh MosqueReligious leaders in Aceh worry about what young people are getting up to before, during, and probably after, Ramadan.


Muslim Schools

August 30th, 2008, 30 Comments

Syamsir SiregarIslamic boarding schools are under increasing pressure from radical elements, says Syamsir Siregar.


Islam vs Liberal Democracy

August 29th, 2008, 57 Comments

Perseus on Francis Fukuyama and whether Islamism will derail Indonesia's new democracy.


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