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2017/02/09 | TNL Staff

Hundreds Lashed in Indonesia under Sharia Law

Sharia laws are particularly harsh for women and the LGBT community.

2017/02/08 | Dr. Willy Wo-Lap Lam

Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

The exacerbation of police state mechanisms has obviously failed to deter the growth of radicalism in the autonomous region

2017/02/02 | The Japan Times

OPINION: Indonesia’s Critical Tolerance Test

The turmoil surrounding Jakarta's governor is a test of Indonesia's democracy and its commitment to a tolerant and open form of Islam.

2017/02/01 | Melissa Crouch

A Personal Tribute to Burma's U Ko Ni

On Sunday, prominent Muslim lawyer, and legal adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi, U Ko Ni, was fatally shot by an alleged assassin. Melissa Crouch reflects on the life and legacy of Myanmar’s legal voice of conscience.

2017/01/30 | Scott Weaver

Islamic Flavors Blending Well in Taipei

More Muslim tourists means more demand for halal-certified restaurants.

2017/01/27 | Daniel P Sullivan

The Rohingya Crisis and Suu Kyi’s Chance

Myanmar’s foreign minister and de-facto leader is caught between conflicting international and domestic pressures over the Rohingya crisis, but Daniel P Sullivan argues she can harness the growing chorus of international criticism to break down the barriers to change.

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.

2017/01/13 | Dinith Adikari

Is Ma Ba Tha Really in Decline?

Despite suffering a series of grave blows, an ’emotional story’ keeps the controversial Buddhist group active and influential in Myanmar, Dinith Adikari writes.

2017/01/08 | Charlotte Setijadi

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.

2016/12/15 | Ayunda Nurvitasari

Rampant FGM in Indonesia: Ignorance, Social Pressure Blamed

'I was six years old and I felt so afraid that I cried. I didn’t have the courage to look at it. It bled for two days, so I was treated with traditional medicine. Then I was told to bathe in the sea.'

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.

2016/11/18 | Melissa Crouch

Blasphemy Charges against Ahok a Triumph for Islamists in Indonesia

'Prosecuting Ahok would fit within a broader trend over the past two decades in Indonesia of charging people who have allegedly blasphemed Islam.'

2016/11/02 | Malaysiakini

'Tackling ISIS More Difficult than Tackling Communists'

Efforts in Europe and Asia have yet to determine the root cause of terrorism, according to a top Malaysian politician.

2016/10/25 | The Japan Times

Heading for All-Out War in Yemen

Reinvigorated diplomacy that will culminate in a power-sharing agreement is needed to halt Yemen's slide to civil war and avert a humanitarian catastrophe.

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.

2016/10/12 | 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.'