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

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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

‘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?’

‘Why is there no serious opposition to Trump in Indonesia?’

Why has criticism of Trump in Indonesia been so muted compared to the strong and almost uniform criticism directed at his Republican predecessor, President George W.

‘Why is there no serious opposition to Trump in Indonesia?’

Mainstream Islamic narratives and their divisive consequences

How commercialization of Islam in Indonesia can lead to the radicalization of even the country's middle class

Mainstream Islamic narratives and their divisive consequences

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