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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.

2016/11/24 | J. Michael Cole

OP-ED: More than Marriage Equality, it’s a Battle Between Reason and Obscurantism

The current mess isn’t a gentlemen’s debate on policy, where one side’s facts are weighed against those of their opponents; it is, instead, a battle between the forces of reason and obscurantism, writes J. Michael Cole.

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.'

2016/11/07 | Edward White

Beyond Drag Queens: Winning Hearts and Minds for LGBT in Taiwan

As Taiwan edges closer to becoming the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, the fight for acceptance continues.

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.

2016/08/30 | Michael Reilly

Taiwan and the Catholic Church

Taiwan’s relationship with the Catholic church, while good, can hardly be described as strong.

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 | 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.

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.

2016/08/16 | Edward White

Taiwan Falls Short on Religious Freedom for Domestic Workers: Report

Taiwanese authorities appear to have finally noticed that despite the protections for religious freedom enshrined in the Constitution, hundreds of thousands of domestic workers are still unable to attend religious services. Meanwhile, institutionalized discrimination remains rife in China.

2016/07/21 | Jules Quartly

The Way of the Gods – Folk Religion in Taiwan

Beneath Taiwan’s modern façade is a body of beliefs that stretch back for millennia. For an insight into how people really think, you need to know about folk religion.

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.

2016/07/04 | Edward White

Burma Rocked by Anti-Muslim Protests After Arson Attacks on Mosques

Is Myanmar’s new government 'sending the wrong signal' to violent, anti-Muslim Buddhists as religious tensions escalate?

2016/06/27 | Tao Tao Holmes

Secret Missionaries and Smuggled Bibles: China's Religious Boom

Is China’s changing religious landscape a “spiritual crisis,” as some have said, or a spiritual miracle?