Posted in: Religion

Rifts within NU and PKB complicate road to 2024

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The National Awakening Party (PKB) is sometimes described as the political vehicle of Islamic organisation Nahdlatul Ulama (NU). So why was PKB leader Muhaimin Iskandar absent from the swearing-in ceremony for the new NU leadership team?

Nahdlatul Ulama’s new chair faces a difficult choice: political neutrality or patronage

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What will the election of Yahya Cholil Staquf as the new leader of Nahdlatul Ulama mean for Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation, and politics more broadly?

Best of 2021

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Indonesia at Melbourne will be taking a short break over the New Year period. Here we present the articles and episodes that attracted your attention in 2021. We look forward to seeing you again in mid-January 2022!

Nahdlatul Ulama leadership race vulnerable to political intervention

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As the race for Nahdlatul Ulama's next leader heats up, there are already indications that competition between the two leading contenders is becoming increasingly politicised.

Religious freedom, harmony or moderation? Government attempts to manage diversity

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The government has recently promoted the concept of 'religious moderation' in its attempts to manage religious diversity in Indonesia. But there are several problems with the approach.

Will Islamist sentiment smother Indonesia’s ‘me too’ movement in the education sector?

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Conservative Muslim groups have confusingly argued that a new regulation seeking to protect students from sexual abuse effectively promotes any sexual acts that involve consent.

Terror arrests likely motivated by political, not security, considerations

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The backgrounds of the three men arrested over alleged terrorism offences on 17 November suggest their capture may be connected to government efforts to neutralise Islamist opposition ahead of the 2024 elections.

Two countries, two identities? The split lives of the Indonesian diaspora in Melbourne

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Young Indonesians moving between Indonesia and Australia struggle with language, ethnicity and belonging.

Islamists back at work, pushing conservative gender politics as a ‘response’ to Covid-19

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The Prosperous Justice Party's failed attempt to promote polygamy as a solution to the Covid-19 pandemic was misogynistic and displayed a belief that women and girls can only participate in society as wives.

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