A'an Suryana Nur Syafiqah Mohd Taufek – The recurring puzzle as to whether Indonesia's most divisive Muslim cleric, Habib Rizieq Shihab, leader of vigilante group Islam Defenders Front
Religion & Identity Politics
November 19, 2020
November 17, 2020
Rosa Folia – Conservative lawmakers in Muslim-majority Indonesia have renewed efforts to pass a sweeping alcohol ban that could see drinkers jailed for up to three years, but the propos
November 16, 2020
James Massola and Amilia Rosa – Bali's hoteliers are warning a proposed Indonesia-wide booze ban would scare off Aussie tourists and stop a post-coronavirus economic recovery dead in it
November 13, 2020
Jakarta – The draft law on alcoholic beverages has again attracted public attention after the House of Representatives (DPR) Legislative Body (Baleg) revealed plans to begin deliberatin
With conservative lawmakers in Indonesia this week making another push to ban alcohol with a controversial bill, some are arguing against the potential harm of such a law, especially in
Jakarta – The House of Representatives resumed its deliberation of a controversial alcohol prohibition bill on Tuesday, after the bill had spent years on hold, as some lawmakers asserte
November 12, 2020
Forget drinking responsibly – if some conservative lawmakers have their way, Indonesians may not be able to sell or drink alcohol at all.
November 11, 2020
Jakarta – Lawmakers from three parties that hold 26 percent seats in the House of Representatives have proposed to restart a discussion on an alcoholic drink prohibition bill, seeking t
November 7, 2020
Jakarta – A groups of national figures officially declared the rebirth of the Masumi Party coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the party which was first established in 1945.
November 6, 2020
Jakarta – The Jakarta Police will ramp up patrols around convenience stores and shopping centers following the burning of French products by an Islamic group that also called for a boyc
November 5, 2020
Police in East Jakarta say they are looking into allegations of religious discrimination in a public high school after a teacher allegedly drummed up support for Muslim candidates over
November 3, 2020
Jakarta – Police have arrested a student protester carrying a toy gun during a demonstration against French President Emmanuel Macron near the French Embassy in Jakarta on Monday.
A number of Islamic groups held a protest in front of the French embassy in Sarinah, Central Jakarta yesterday.
November 2, 2020
Andi Jatmiko and Niniek Karmini, Jakarta – Indonesian Muslims marched to the heavily guarded French Embassy in Indonesia's capital on Monday to protest France's president and his staunc
October 26, 2020
Alexandre Pelletier – After Indonesia's democratic transition of 1998, dozens of small yet vocal Islamist groups sprung up throughout the world's most populous Muslim majority country.
October 13, 2020
Jakarta – Thousands of conservative Muslims marched in Indonesia's capital on Tuesday demanding that the government revoke a new law they say will cripple labor rights.
Jakarta – Several religious mass organizations, including the hard-line Islam Defenders Front (FPI) and the 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212), took to the streets in Jakarta on Tuesday to
Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – Hard-line Islamic organizations led demonstrations against Indonesia's controversial "job creation" omnibus law on Tuesday, calling on those gathered to continue
Amy Chew – An exiled Indonesian firebrand Muslim cleric has called on his followers to lay siege on Jakarta's presidential palace on Tuesday afternoon and to topple President Joko Widod
September 27, 2020
Greg Fealy – Over the past four years, the government of Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo has been conducting a concerted and systematic campaign of repression against Islamist
July 10, 2020
Labuhan Lombok (AFP) – An Indonesian politician is under fire for ordering female civil servants to wear face veils once a week in what he defended as a bid to guard against the corona
July 8, 2020
Elaine Pearson – A new dress code for female civil servants in Indonesia's Central Lombok regency should concern all Indonesians.
June 26, 2020
Ihsan Reliubun, Jakarta – The Jakarta regional representative council (DPD) deputy chairman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Wiliam Yani, expressed his rejection
June 5, 2020
West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno has filed a formal request to the Communications and Information Ministry for the removal of a local language bible app from the Google Play Store,
May 19, 2020
Ramadani Saputra, Jakarta – The presence of agnostics and atheists is not often felt in conservative Indonesia, where society largely defines itself along religious lines.