Celebrated Indonesian cleric Syekh Ali Jaber passes away

Indonesia is mourning celebrated cleric Syekh Ali Jaber, who passed away this morning after he was said to have beaten COVID-19. He was 44.

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Indonesian children’s cartoon Nussa sparks debate on Islamic radicalism

Indonesian children’s cartoon Nussa sparks debate on Islamic radicalism

An Indonesian cartoon for children has become the subject of a controversy related to Islamic radicalism ahead of the show’s movie debut.

Rizieq Shihab named suspect again, this time for refusing swab test

Rizieq Shihab named suspect again, this time for refusing swab test

Firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab, leader of the now-outlawed Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), has been named a criminal suspect once again, further complicating his troubles with the...

Abu Bakar Bashir, radical cleric linked to Bali and Jakarta bombings, released from prison today

Abu Bakar Bashir, radical cleric linked to Bali and Jakarta bombings, released from prison today

The former spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) who has been accused of masterminding the deadly 2002 Bali bombings was released from prison before dawn.

Banned FPI to be reborn as Islamic Brotherhood Front

Banned FPI to be reborn as Islamic Brotherhood Front

We’re saving our shocked Pikachu meme for another day as the banned Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) announces that it is returning with an inevitable rebranding.

Abu Bakar Bashir, radical cleric linked with Bali and Jakarta bombings, set for Friday release

Abu Bakar Bashir, radical cleric linked with Bali and Jakarta bombings, set for Friday release

Indonesia is set to release Abu Bakar Bashir (locally stylized as Ba’asyir), thought to be the regional leader of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), on Friday at the completion of his...

Government officially outlaws Islamic Defenders Front

Government officially outlaws Islamic Defenders Front

The government has officially banned Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a senior minister said today, as the hardline group no longer has legal standing as a civil society...

Rizieq Shihab’s pornography case reopened on court order

Rizieq Shihab’s pornography case reopened on court order

Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab is facing yet another criminal charge with the reopening of an old and controversial pornography case.

German embassy apologizes after diplomat photographed entering FPI HQ

German embassy apologizes after diplomat photographed entering FPI HQ

The German Embassy in Indonesia has issued an apology over what has been perceived as a diplomatic faux pas after its diplomat visited the headquarters of the Islamic Defenders...

Islamic groups plan rally demanding Rizieq Shihab’s release in Central Jakarta tomorrow

Islamic groups plan rally demanding Rizieq Shihab’s release in Central Jakarta tomorrow

Hardline Islamic groups say they are going to stage a protest in front of the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta tomorrow despite not having obtained clearance to hold a mass...


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Coconuts Jakarta Religion

Like Indonesia as a whole, Jakarta is made up of predominantly Muslim citizens, but there are also large percentages of the followers of the other five religions officially recognized by the Indonesian constitution. There are, of course, instances of tension among religious groups in Jakarta, which are often sparked by politics. But Jakarta’s citizens, regardless of their religion, have lived in peaceful coexistence and understanding of one other throughout the vast majority of the capital's history, a testimony to the inherent tolerance and moderation of its people.