FEATURE: Indonesia’s only Islamic transgender boarding school forced to close by hardliners

A handful of Muslim transgender women wash their faces, put on white robes and begin to pray, an act of quiet defiance after their study centre in Indonesia was shut by hardliners Al Fatah, which claimed to be the world's only Islamic boarding school for transgender students, was long regarded as a symbol of the tolerant brand of Islam widely practised in the world's most populous Muslim-majority...

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Jakarta We Love You: 8 Reasons This City Rules

Silencing the critics: The 5 most outrageous and ridiculous cases of UU ITE violations

Indonesia’s Information and Electronic Transactions Act (UU ITE), which criminalizes any electronic media communication that could be considered defamatory or slanderous, is...

Silencing the critics: The 5 most outrageous and ridiculous cases of UU ITE violations

Why divorce doesn’t work for Indonesian women

By Dina Afrianty Marriage and divorce practices across Southeast Asia have transformed as a result of the social and economic changes associated with industrialisation The...

Why divorce doesn’t work for Indonesian women

What explains Indonesia’s enthusiasm for the death penalty?

By Nurkholis Hidayat For many years, Indonesia was classified as a “low-application state” in its use of the death penalty But recently there seems to have been a surge in...

What explains Indonesia’s enthusiasm for the death penalty?

Escaped fishing slaves find saving grace in ordinary Indonesians

Zaw Myo Win, also known as Said (from left), Umi and Ani Imbran in Ani’s home in Ambon Photo by Cory Rogers “The most important thing,” 39-year-old Ani Imbran says,...

Escaped fishing slaves find saving grace in ordinary Indonesians

October 20, 2014 – The beginning of the Jokowi era

By this time, President Joko Widodo is most likely already holed up in his mega-office in the State Palace to get down to, as Jokowi himself put it in a speech yesterday, “work,...

October 20, 2014 – The beginning of the Jokowi era

Jakarta governor with common touch triumphs in Indonesia elections

In a symbolic victory against Indonesia's military "corruptocrat" old guard, self-made and straight-talking Joko Widodo will now lead Southeast Asia's largest country Read our...

Jakarta governor with common touch triumphs in Indonesia elections

Despite Losing the Presidency, Predictions Prabowo Is A Threat to Democracy Are About to Come True

Even though he lost the recent presidential election, it looks like Prabowo Subianto will get to make major rollbacks to Indonesian voting rights that he has long supported and...

Despite Losing the Presidency, Predictions Prabowo Is A Threat to Democracy Are About to Come True

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Indonesia and especially Jakarta are places where it’s easy to make snap judgements about things because the bigger picture is so often obfuscated behind impenetrable cultural and historical complexities. That’s is the problem that our Long Reads are here to answer. Longform journalism isn’t just about word count, it’s about giving a story the time and space it needs to explain the subtleties of the subject matter from a variety of perspectives and sources.