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Sultan of Yogyakarta: A feminist revolution in an ancient kingdom

The Sultan of Yogyakarta holds a powerful political and spiritual position on the Indonesian island of Java. He is manoeuvring to make his eldest daughter his heir, sparking a bitter feud, as the BBC’s Indonesia editor Rebecca Henschke reports. “From generation to generation the sultan who reigns over Yogyakarta seems to adapt himself to the […]

On-campus seeds of terrorism? What we know so far

The National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism unit’s recent raid and arrest of three people at a state university has opened a new chapter in the country’s fight against terror. While radicalism has reportedly been growing in higher education institutions in the last few years, the alleged terrorism on campus is new. The police were said […]

Essay: Minang wisdom and radicalism

In a recent conference attended by around 100 clerics and scholars from different countries to discuss promoting the concept of moderate Islam in Bogor, West Java, the grand imam of Al Azhar University, Syekh Ahmed Ath-Thayyeb, said differences and conflicts between Islamic groups had weakened the Muslim community. In Indonesia, such differences and conflicts have […]

Delaware on verge of being first U.S. state to ban child marriage

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Delaware is poised to become the first of the 50 states in the United States to outlaw child marriage despite years of legislative battles, said officials, who hoped this would pave the way for other states to follow. The measure banning marriage under age 18 without exception was approved […]