Don't cha wish you could dance like these kids? Not conservatives, apparently, who criticized the way foreign influence has supposedly corrupted youths.
Religion & Identity Politics
January 17, 2023
January 6, 2023
You may be moved on a spiritual level by a Quran recital, but you must never shower the reciter with tips, as this latest religious controversy in Indonesia illustrates.
December 22, 2022
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia needs to watch out for spiraling identity politics as the 2024 general election nears, the National Resilience Institute or Lemhannas warned.
November 28, 2022
The governor of West Java and an Islamic leader are among those who denounced religious discrimination towards a church, which was on a humanitarian mission to provide aid to survivors
November 21, 2022
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in an event held in Solo, Central Java, encouraged future presidential and vice presidential candidates to avert from politiciz
November 14, 2022
Syakirun Niam, Jakarta – A Kompas research and development (Litbang) survey has revealed that the public hopes that the political elite do not resort to identity politics as poli
November 8, 2022
Wahyudi Akmaliah – After holding successful events in 2018 and 2019, "born again" Muslim and former MTV VJ Arie Untung and his team had big plans for "Hijrahfest" in Surabaya from 14-16
November 4, 2022
Muhsin Sabilillah, Jakarta – The National People's Defending Movement (GNPR) and the Islamic Brotherhood Front (FPI) are set to hold the 4th demonstration of the People's Defending Acti
October 14, 2022
Muh Raihan Muzakki, Jakarta – Chairman of political party PSI Giring Ganesha paid a visit to the National Mandate Party (PAN) Jakarta headquarters on Thursday.
August 31, 2022
Ahmad Rizky M Umar – For the past decade, Indonesia has been increasingly active in promoting its own version of "moderate Islam": Islam Nusantara.
August 29, 2022
An Indonesian YouTuber has caught flak after she was accused of harassing other women into following her strict religious dress code.
April 27, 2022
A'an Suryana – In late March, the mayor of a city within the greater Jakarta area publicly opposed a recent circular issued by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, which regulates the vol
March 11, 2022
February 24, 2022
Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – A representative of the Religious Affairs Ministry has responded to the public backlash after Religious Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas issued a statement tha
February 22, 2022
Indonesia's Ministry of Religious Affairs issued new guidelines that slightly lower the volume of mosque loudspeakers, but the country's major Islamic party has loudly criticized the re
December 29, 2021
Syafiq Hasyim – The decline of the 212 Movement in Indonesia could well portend the decline of political Islam.
December 2, 2021
Adam Prireza, Jakarta – The National Police and the Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel on motorbikes dispersed masses of the 212 Reunion who were gathering at the roadblocks on Jalan M
Things are quite chaotic this morning up at Central Jakarta's Monas (National Monument) and its surrounding areas, with hundreds adamant on holding the 212 "reunion" rally without a cro
November 29, 2021
The organizers of an annual rally by Islamist groups is adamant that this year's edition will go ahead in Jakarta, even if authorities don't issue a permit for mass gathering required f
November 28, 2021
Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – It is dawn in Jakarta and the sound of the adzan, the Islamic call to prayer, is blaring from the loudspeakers of mosques around the metropol
November 24, 2021
Konradus Epa, Jakarta – A group of Indonesian lawyers has defended a Catholic priest who shared a video criticizing the country's top Muslim clerical body after police arrested one of i
November 22, 2021
Indonesia's highest Muslim clerical council has called for a review of guidelines on the use of loudspeakers at mosques, following concerns and complaints from members of the public in
October 27, 2021
Friski Riana, Jakarta – Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas issued a written statement on Tuesday insisting that the ministry he leads represents every religion and does not
October 14, 2021
Every night at 3:00 am, Rina is jolted awake by blaring speakers so loud she has developed an anxiety disorder: she can't sleep, she's too nauseous to eat – but she is also too scared t
A'an Suryana – It is unlikely that a string of attacks against Muslim figures in Indonesia was orchestrated.
September 14, 2021
Not all rejection of the mainstream lifestyle is a form of radicalization, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) said, as it defends a group of students who were filmed covering their ears
June 16, 2021
Yuji Mizuno – In Indonesia Halal certification emerges as a contentious issue time and time again.
Once they were friends, then they were enemies, and now it seems like there's no rebuilding the figurative bridge between Islamist group Persaudaraan Alumni 212 (PA 212) and Defense Min
June 13, 2021
By Syafiq Hasyim
June 8, 2021
Andreas Harsono – Hundreds of Muslims in Indonesia this week demanded that the local government in Sraten village, East Java, stop the Muhammadiyah congregation from building a mosque.
May 26, 2021
Johannes Nugroho, Surabaya, Indonesia – Indonesia's public debate over the issue of Palestinian rights was reawakened by the latest violence, which claimed at least 243 lives in Gaza an
April 14, 2021
Vincentius Jyestha, Jakarta – The United Development Party (PPP) and the Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS) have agreed to continue fighting for the enactment of several pieces of natio
January 26, 2021
Warding off mosquitoes was touted as one of the reasons for female Muslim students in Padang, West Sumatra to continue wearing the hijab at school amid ongoing outrage about the discrim
December 1, 2020
M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The Jakarta Tanah Abang Police precinct on Tuesday announced that it has mobilized a number of its personnel to investigate a video, that went viral on so
November 19, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
A number of Islamic groups held a protest in front of the French embassy in Sarinah, Central Jakarta yesterday.
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.
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 – 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