Meet Sakdiyah Maruf, the female Muslim comic from Indonesia who is standing up to extremism

Wearing a red hijab and all-encompassing gown, Sakdiyah Maruf cuts an unusual figure in a dark, smokey Jakarta bar as she reels off taboo-breaking jokes to laughter from a rapt

Locating the historical Kartini: The creation of Indonesia’s national feminist icon

"Like so many iconic figures of history, over the last century, Raden Adjeng Kartini has been much mythologised, misused and misread – or should that be not

Locating the historical Kartini: The creation of Indonesia’s national feminist icon

The Conversation: ‘Anti-Chinese and anti-Christian sentiment is not new in Indonesia’

Racial and religious prejudice faced by the outgoing Chinese-Indonesian governor of Jakarta, now imprisoned for blasphemy, is not a new phenomenon in Indonesia. Ethnic Chinese and...

The Conversation: ‘Anti-Chinese and anti-Christian sentiment is not new in Indonesia’

The Conversation: ‘Can support for Ahok bring change to Indonesia’s blasphemy law?’

In fact, Ahok’s supporters are using the same blasphemy law to report the firebrand Muslim cleric Rizieq Shihab, leader of the Islamic vigilante group Islamic Defenders Front...

The Conversation: ‘Can support for Ahok bring change to Indonesia’s blasphemy law?’

The Conversation: ‘Should we worry about Islamism in Indonesia?’

"The problem is not an upsurge of Islamism. Instead, the problem is that political elites are increasingly exploiting religious sentiments and racism, especially as Indonesia...

The Conversation: ‘Should we worry about Islamism in Indonesia?’

‘Sparing the Rod: Gay men sentenced to public flogging a test of Indonesia’s core values’

"These young men are two Indonesians who wanted nothing more than to live their lives and have their privacy respected. Now they await a public

‘Sparing the Rod: Gay men sentenced to public flogging a test of Indonesia’s core values’

‘Judicial Defiance: Ahok’s conviction part of broader legal battle between the courts and the executive’

That anyone thought that the courts might simply accept the prosecution’s suggestion demonstrates the lack of understanding of the nature of judicial ‘independence’, or what...

‘Judicial Defiance: Ahok’s conviction part of broader legal battle between the courts and the executive’

Ancestors of Flores ‘hobbits’ may have been pioneers of first ‘human’ migration out of Africa

In the most widely accepted model of human evolution today, the first emergence of hominins out of Africa involved Homo erectus, and happened some time after 2m years ago. But...

Ancestors of Flores ‘hobbits’ may have been pioneers of first ‘human’ migration out of Africa

In Muslim Indonesia, tiny Jewish community lives on

In a remote corner of the Indonesian archipelago, a modest synagogue stands in a tiny Jewish community that has found acceptance despite rising intolerance in the world's most...

In Muslim Indonesia, tiny Jewish community lives on

‘Will new Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan be firm against hardline religious groups?’

"While the threat of rising intolerance in Indonesia is disheartening, the cooperation with hardline Islamic groups to win an election is so worrying amid Indonesians’ efforts...

‘Will new Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan be firm against hardline religious groups?’

Coconuts Jakarta Features

Although Coconuts is known for offering quick takes on the latest and craziest news, we also endeavor provide more in-depth looks at Jakarta through feature stories. Whether examining a new trend on social media, taking a closer look at one of the capital’s intriguing subcultures or offering you a guide on how to better enjoy life in the capital, our features aim to show our readers a side of the city they’ve never seen before. For our longform features, our in-staff writers and talented contributors do deep dives into the most unique aspects of living in the Big Durian. We also rely on contributors for regular columns that offer their fresh and juicy takes on the latest trends taking over Jakarta. As opinionated as our regular news can be, we can get really politically incorrect in our opinion pieces which tackle the toughest and most controversial issues facing Jakarta and Indonesia. We also offer up interviews with some of the capital’s most intriguing figures, from creators to leaders to analysts, that go way beyond the surface. We also regularly feature photo essays showing off some of the best, most amazing work from the incredibly talented photographers working in Indonesia.