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2017/02/20 | Jeffrey Hutton
The Heart of the Matter in Jakarta
The silver lining from Wednesday’s results is that Ahok, an ethnic Chinese, was on the ballot at all, writes Jeffrey Hutton in Jakarta.
2017/02/11 | Hera Diani
Islamic Populism Won’t Reign in Indonesia: Scholar
Failure to create a cross-class alliance is why Islamic populism may fail in Indonesia.
2017/01/19 | Hew Wai Weng
Reclaiming Halal and the Commercialization of Islam
Hew Wai Weng takes a look at what constitutes halal in contemporary Malaysia — a certification that today is less about faith and more about the commercialisation of Islam.
2015/12/23 | Sid Weng
Celebrating Christmas in Brunei May Lead to Five Years in Jail
Brunei introduced its ban on Christmas last year over fear that celebrating it excessively and openly could lead its Muslim population astray. Local Islamic religious leaders have promoted the ban, warning that celebrating Christmas is tantamount to imitation of another faith and is prohibited in some interpretations of Islam.
2016/10/19 | Edward White
Selfie Arrest Shows LGBT Criminalization ‘Snowballing’ In Indonesia
The criminalizing of LGBT activities is gaining pace in Indonesia and activists are predicting increased risks of violence.
2016/11/26 | Vanja Hamzić
BOOK REVIEW: 'The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State'
In 'The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State' Iza R. Hussin traces a riveting history of Islamic law as it encounters, and is inevitably transformed by, British colonialism in Malaya, Egypt and India. It is a work of unique critical sensibilities, setting the scene for future interdisciplinary research of colonial and postcolonial Islamic law as fruitful analytical categories, finds Vanja Hamzić.
2016/07/06 | Edward White
[PHOTO STORY] Eid al-Fitr in Taipei
Worshipers spilled out onto the streets in Taiwan’s capital this morning as thousands of people from Taipei’s Islamic community gathered at the Taipei Grand Mosque to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. The festival marks the ‘breaking of the fast’ at the end of the month-long Ramadan, which is observed by an estimated 1.5 billion people around the world. Taiwan, with a population of 23.5 million, has about 60,000 Muslims.
Religious Freedom on Trial in Indonesia
For a country that has claimed to be a tolerant and moderate Muslim-majority democracy, the Ahok blasphemy allegation signals a regression in religious freedom and the rights of minorities.
2017/04/12 | Ismail Shogo
Tackling Sex Re-assignment Surgery in Malaysia
Ismail Shogo outlines the Malaysian state’s stance on sex re-assignment surgery and seeks to analyze the rationale that underlies it.
2017/02/09 | TNL Staff
Hundreds Lashed in Indonesia under Sharia Law
Sharia laws are particularly harsh for women and the LGBT community.
2017/10/22 | Vedi Hadiz
Deep-rooted Problems with Democracy in Indonesia
Indonesians who tend towards secular forms of democratic politics should be aware, now more so than ever, of the historical and contemporary weakness of politically liberal (or social democratic) streams within Indonesian politics.
2016/10/12 | Edward White
Indonesian LGBT Activists Wary on Gay Sex Ban Court Decision
The anti-LGBT sentiment that swept through Indonesia earlier this year appears to have mellowed somewhat in recent months. But efforts by conservative religious groups to marginalize the LGBT community continue.
2016/09/20 | Malaysiakini
Former Journalist Arrested for Islam Tweet in Malaysia
A former journalist was arrested for allegedly insulting Islam on Twitter.
2016/08/29 | Malaysiakini
Namewee: Don’t Go After Taiwanese Band
MV controversy: 'If you want to hold someone responsible, then let it be me alone.'
2016/08/24 | Hafiz Yatim
Malaysia's Top Court to Rule on Child Islam Conversion
Malaysia's highest court will decide whether one parent can convert a child to Islam without the other parent's consent.
2016/07/27 | Shuhei Omi
UNIQLO Hijab: Giving Taiwan's Muslims Choices in Mainstream Apparel
Taiwan’s Islamic community has welcomed the move by UNIQLO to supply 'modest fashion' in Taiwan, including the hijab.