Posts with tag: Conservative Islam

Cancellation of Hijrahfest signals anxieties over shifts in religious authority

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Mainstream religious organisations like Nahdlatul Ulama appear to view the hijrah movement as a threat to their authority.

Talking Indonesia: the Salafi movement

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Why has the conservative Salafi Islamic movement grown in popularity in Indonesia, especially among young people? How is Salafism changing the face of Indonesian Islam? Dr Jacqui Baker chats to Dr Chris Chaplin in Talking Indonesia.

Dorce Gamalama: an accidental role model for gender and sexual minorities in Indonesia

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Dorce Gamalama might have never described herself an activist, but she still made a major contribution to public awareness of gender and sexuality issues in Indonesia.

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.

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.

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.

Indonesian sympathy for a ‘changed’ Taliban: more harm than good

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Some Indonesian political elites and Islamic leaders have expressed rather hopeful views on the future of governance in Afghanistan under the Taliban. This could be dangerous.

A personal religious choice: regions banned from forcing students to wear headscarves

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A new joint ministerial decision banning forced religious clothing in schools has been welcomed by activists. But in an increasingly conservative society, will headscarves continue to be viewed as compulsory?

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