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Religion & Identity Politics
January 22, 2024
December 4, 2023
Religious protesters and police clashed outside the Coldplay concert at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on 16 November.
November 30, 2023
M. Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – Former figureheads of the 212 demonstrations on Dec. 2, 2016, are set to hold a 212 reunion this year on Saturday morning.
August 25, 2023
Iim Halimatusa'diyah – Indonesian leaders have committed to refrain from politicising religion in the upcoming February 2024 elections, but political incentives and social forces contin
August 2, 2023
M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo stated that 96 percent of Indonesian people have faith in God.
June 28, 2023
Juli Hantoro, Jakarta – Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy responded to the polemic over the Al Zaytun Islamic boarding school in Indram
June 26, 2023
M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo rebutted the allegation that the State Palace is backing Al Zaytun Islamic Boarding School in Indramayu, West Java, which h
June 22, 2023
Jakarta – Indonesia's top Islamic body the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) has issued fatwa (edict) Number 38/2023 on laws concerning women being mosque preachers (khatib) in the context
Eka Yudha Saputra, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) commission on fatwa [a ruling on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized authority] has issued a haram fatwa against
May 20, 2023
Amelia Rahima Sari, Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The Alumni Brotherhood or PA 212 threatens to besiege the airport if Coldplay comes to Indonesia.
James M. Dorsey – Little did Elianu Hia know that a video he posted on Facebook in early 2021 would shape Indonesian policy and turn his life upside down.
May 14, 2023
Fauzi, Nabil Ihsan, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD stated that the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia was founded as a reli
March 22, 2023
Jakarta – Leaders of the nation's official religious groups desire a peaceful 2024 general elections and reject the politicization of religion, according to a declaration read out at an
February 24, 2023
Deasy Simandjuntak, Aswin Lin – A fatal incident last month involving a Chinese-owned mining company raises the spectre of political opportunists exploiting anti-Chinese sentiments in t
February 14, 2023
Syafiq Hasyim, Wahyudi Akmaliah – Despite observations that the group has become defunct, the 212 Movement has held a series of gatherings to display their opposition to President Joko
February 7, 2023
Ahmad Muhajir, Norshahril Saat – A young and energetic Indonesian preacher is reclaiming the moderate ground from conservatives, using a sublime mix of online propagation and accommodat
January 17, 2023
Don't cha wish you could dance like these kids? Not conservatives, apparently, who criticized the way foreign influence has supposedly corrupted youths.
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
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
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
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