Entries by Muhammad Ahalla Tsauro, https://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/author/ahalla/, Rezza Prasetyo Setiawan, https://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/author/rezza-prasetyo-setiawan/

What’s in a name? Terminology for Christian holidays in the spotlight

On 12 September Muhadjir Effendy, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, announced a change in nomenclature for Christian national holidays. The decision was made to adopt the term “Yesus Kristus”, the name of Jesus Christ used by Indonesian Christians, instead of “Isa al-Masih”, the Arabic term used for Jesus in the Qur’an. Although intended to protect Indonesia’s diverse religious traditions, the policy change reflects how easily religious policies can become a point of contestation among Indonesia’s religiously diverse communities.

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