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2020/12/23 | Sylvie Tanaga

Celebrating Christmas and Pluralism as an Indonesian Minority

Christmas in Indonesia this year arrives as pluralism and tolerance in the country are under attack.

2017/09/28 | Ma Te

Fast-Fading Memories of Harbin’s Migrant History

A stream of Russian refugees once made the far-flung northeastern city their home, but now only a handful of descendants remain to tell their stories.

2016/08/24 | Edward White

‘That’s a Couple of Weeks in Jail’ – Singaporean Blogger Tweets During Trial

Controversial blogger Amos Yee has pleaded guilty to two lighter charges, but still faces up to three years behind bars after turning down a plea bargain to charges of offending religious beliefs of Singaporeans.

2017/07/31 | ZiQing Low

An Almighty Con? Taiwan’s ‘Purple Shirts’ and their Master

Former members of the massive religious group are speaking out about high fees, harassment, and the leader's spurious claims.

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.

2017/01/09 | Malaysiakini

Vigilantes to Spray Paint Women who don't 'Cover Up'

"Advance Warning to Hindu Female Patrons coming to Thaipusam festival, beware of being sprayed with aerosol paint if found inappropriate dressed," the warning on the Facebook page of Thaipusam Spraying Group reads.

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.

2017/02/11 | 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.

2017/02/20 | 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.

2017/03/31 | Gayathri Vaidyanathan

India’s Foremost Female Crematorium Manager Is Breaking a Lot of Taboos

Praveena Solomon has befriended skeptical gravediggers and faced down claims she will become possessed.

2017/07/21 | Central News Agency

Taiwan Temples Incensed: Online Rumor of Incense Burning Ban Sparks Protest

Temples have accepted a 'one burner, one incense stick' proposal to help protect the environment, and have agreed to burn ghost money collectively in an incinerator.

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.'

2017/04/28 | Juke Carolina Rumuat

How the Symbols of Indonesia’s Hardline Muslim Groups Reached the Pages of Marvel Comics

An Indonesian artist uploaded a sketch he made for X-Men Gold #1 and was quickly spotted symbols used by the Movement in Defense of Islam.