Tolerating Blasphemy: Lessons From An Indonesian Election

By Paul Marshall

Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, has for months been roiled by a chaotic election that has dominated the headlines. The uproar does not even stem from a national election but one for the Governorship of the capital city, Jakarta.

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Habits of the Heart in Bali

By: Paul Marshall

On March 9, Indonesians witnessed a solar eclipse—in some areas, a total eclipse. This spectacular event excited pretty well everybody, but was of particular import for not only scientists but also the country’s majority Muslim population, for whom such heavenly occasions are a call to worship and prayer.

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Religious Freedom and Places of Worship in Contemporary Indonesia

By: Mun'im Sirry

The church destruction in Aceh Singkil on October 13, 2015, by a mob of around 1,000 people left one person dead and contibuted to the already long list of violence at places of worship in Indonesia. Three months earlier, on July 17, 2015, a mosque in Tolikara, Papua, was burned down on the day of the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha. The two incidents may have no correlation; however, they reflect broader obstacles to peaceful coexistence in post-reform Indonesia. Each of these incidents involved specific problems peculiar to each region. 

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