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Indonesia

Distinguishing piety and fundamentalism in Indonesian Muslims

Survey data show no evidence of a link between piety and intolerance, let alone violence.

Jokowi’s political prisoner problem

It’s one step forward, two steps back for the right of Papuans and Moluccans to peacefully advocate for self-determination.

Where does Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia go from here?

International experience shows that the organisation can survive, even thrive, in the face of official bans.

Jokowi forges a tool of repression

A new decree meant to ease the banning of radical groups is an unacceptable assault on freedom of association.

Consuming orphans in a Jakarta mall

Some reflections from an odd, and at turns crass, fast breaking event inside a Jakarta shopping mall.

Jakarta is still the oligarchs’ turf

Neither Ahok nor Anies can change the fact that those who own the city have enormous influence over how it's run.

Ahok and the rise (and fall?) of state capital

Forget oligarchy. Ahok's governorship, like Jokowi's before him, has been a boon for state enterprise.

Female Ulama voice a vision for Indonesia’s future

A report from the pathbreaking Indonesian Female Ulama Congress in Cirebon, West Java.

Remembering Professor Joel S. Kahn

A tribute to the life and work of the acclaimed anthropologist, who passed away on 1 May 2017.

Middle class competition and Islamic populism

What Jakarta's election highlighted most was not tensions between socioeconomic groups, but cultural tensions within the Muslim middle class itself.

Ahok’s defeats and public debate in Indonesia

Ahok's downfall should prompt new inquiry into which institutions and networks shape popular opinion, and how.

Holy places and unholy politics

Ahok's support of an Islamic pilgrimage site amid Jakarta's container port illustrates the intricacies and paradoxes of Indonesia’s politics of religion.

Indonesian Press Council fails on World Press Freedom Day

The state of Papuan press freedom is dire, despite Jokowi promising openness. Indonesia's Press Council must speak.

Ahok is not Jokowi

There's ample reason to expect Jokowi's 2019 campaign will prove resilient to right wing populist opposition.

Ahok’s satisfied non-voters: an anatomy

Warning signs for Jokowi in the importance of voters who were happy with Ahok's performance but voted against him on religious grounds.

Class dismissed? Economic fairness and identity politics in Indonesia

Exit polls from the Jakarta election are a good starting point for thinking about the nexus between identity politics and inequality in Indonesia.

Ian Wilson and Marcus Mietzner on the Jakarta election

Ian Wilson and Marcus Mietzner interpret the Jakarta election in a public conversation hosted by Murdoch University's Asia Research Centre.

Between inequality and identity in Jakarta polls

Ian Wilson is right that binary 'diversity vs. sectarian populism' narratives are unhelpful. But religious divides still matter in the politics of inequality.

‘Bottom up’ campaigning failed Ahok, and it might fail Jokowi.

Hailed as a game changer in the 2012 Jakarta polls, volunteer and social media campaigns are playing an increasingly ambiguous role in Indonesian politics.

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Digging up the Dutch colonial past

An official Dutch inquiry will confront the bloody end of the country's colonial rule in the Indies. It will also open old wounds in Indonesia.

Ahok’s absurd trial won’t satisfy anybody

Prosecutors' request for a suspended sentence for Ahok underscores what a political farce the legal process has been.

Jakarta: inequality and the poverty of elite pluralism

Framing Jakarta's election as a referendum on Indonesian pluralism is a way to avoid addressing inequalities of political and economic power.

Slashing livelihoods

How poor policy understanding of slash and burn farming has impacted communities.

Reactionary Islamism in Indonesia

How memes mobilise emotions and people.