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Gambling Legalization in Indonesia

By Venda Current hot issue in Indonesia is gambling legalization. As a country with the largest muslims, Indonesia faces an obstacle to have gambling legalized. Many muslims finds gambling forbidden (haram) in accordance to Islamic law, but on the other … Continue reading

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Indonesia Proves Democracy, Islam Can Coexist, Foreign Minister Says at Global Forum in Poland

Indonesia has moved from an authoritarian state to one of the world’s largest democracies, proving Islam and democracy can coexist, the foreign minister has said. More than 10 years after the fall of the Suharto dictatorship, Indonesia had transformed into … Continue reading

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Smoking Ban Kicks Off Muslim Congress

A smoking ban was the main issue when delegates started arriving for the 46th national congress of the country’s second-largest Muslim organization, Muhammadiyah, on Friday night. Continue reading

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Caucus Tells SBY to Get Tough on Islamic Hard-Liners

A group of lawmakers are demanding action be taken to shut down the hard-line Islam Defenders Front. ‘We’re asking the president to keep his word, that the country will not bow to vigilantism. He is the one who could end this movement,’ said Eva K Sundari, who initiated a petition through the House of Representatives’ Pancasila Caucus. Continue reading

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Bekasi Muslim Groups Call for Formation of Militia Units, Warn of Potential ‘War’

Several religious organizations in Bekasi have recommended that every Mosque in Bakasi on the outskirts of Jakarta form militia units and called on all local Muslims to prepare for the possibility of ‘war’ against what they perceive to be the … Continue reading

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FPI Vows More Pressure on Bekasi to Follow Islamic Principles

Aday after the Bekasi government sealed another Protestant church because of constant pressure from hard-line groups, the Islamic Defenders Front said on Tuesday that it would insist that the city issue policies in line with its view of Islam. Continue reading

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The Voice of Liberal Islam

Since coming back to Indonesia in 2009 after earning his doctorate on Islamic studies at Harvard University in the United States, the current director of the Freedom Institute in Jakarta has once again made headlines.

Ulil, after making a failed bid for the chairmanship of the Nahdlatul Ulama, the nation’s largest Muslim organization, he was then unexpectedly named a member of the Democrat Party’s new leadership board just last week. The decision has elicited both praise and criticism from many sectors, including among his closest friends. Continue reading

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