Category: Religion

Islamic boarding schools are among the worst affected by the pandemic, writes Professor Jamhari Makruf.

Nadirsyah Hosen and Jeremy J Kingsley look at the debate over the Pancasila guidelines bill and argue that one of Pancasila’s main strengths is its ambiguity.

Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has been conspicuously absent from efforts to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Daniel Peterson looks at what he has been up to.

Abdurrachman Satrio writes that the debate on the Pancasila bill is missing the point. The real concern is that Pancasila can be easily abused for anti-democratic purposes.

Data on Religious Harmony Forums (FKUB) shows that many Indonesian communities are quite capable of discussing and managing religious difference, writes Ihsan Ali Fauzi.

It is overly simplistic to label those who defy recommendations on physical distancing to worship at mosques, churches and temples as radicals or extremists, writes Dr Nadirsyah Hosen.

How realistic are proposals to regulate Islamic preaching in Indonesia? Dr Dirk Tomsa discusses this and other questions with Professor Julian Millie in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

A draft bill on the elimination of sexual violence has become a battleground for pro-democracy movements against rising religious conservatism, write Anna Margret and Yolanda Pandjaitan.

2019 was a big year for Talking Indonesia. Here we present the 10 episodes that were most popular with podcast subscribers over the past year.

Indonesia at Melbourne will again be taking a break over the Christmas and New Year period. Here we list the most popular articles, plus a few of our favourites, from 2019. We look forward to seeing you again when we return in mid-January.

The Indonesian government has recently issued a decree on addressing “radicalism” among civil servants. Kate Grealy warns that vague definitions of radicalism mean there is a risk the policy could be used to silence the government’s opponents.

It was only a matter of time before Indonesia its own controversy around cakes and religious freedom. Dr Stewart Fenwick examines the incident and looks at why it prompted such a strong backlash.