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Islamic Defenders Front : An Ideological Evolution?
The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) has gained a reputation as one of the most outspoken hardline Islamist groups in Indonesia today. It has evolved from a vigilante group into an organisation with a coherent ideology and ...
Shiite Resistance to Malaysian Religious Orthodoxy
A closer analysis of the dynamics within the Shiite community in Malaysia would suggest that its failure to present a united front in dealing with the discrimination towards the community is an important factor that continues ...
Politics, Plurality and Inter-Group Relations in Indonesia - Islam Nusantara & Its Critics: The Rise of NU’s Young Clerics
Two years after it was first introduced, the Islam Nusantara theology of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest Indonesian Islamic organisation, continues to face opposition from more conservative factions. This is casting a ...
RUU 355 rallies: Gauging support for Islamic law in Malaysia
The proposed changes to Malaysia’s Criminal Jurisdiction Act 1965 – also known as Act 355 – seek to raise the penalties for certain crimes under Shariah jurisdiction. The move has provoked strong public reaction, as seen ...
Najib’s U-turn Over Hudud Bill: Election Gambit or Fight for Survival?
As Malaysia’s 14th general election looms, the final battle for political survival has begun. Prime Minister Najib Razak has fired the opening salvo with a turn-around on the hudud Bill. While this has caught the opposition ...
Malaysia Election Looms: Opposition Forces in Power Play
Intriguing coalition manoeuvres are taking shape in the opposition camp in Malaysia amid talk of an early general election.
The Modi ‘Wave’: Implications of Uttar Pradesh State Elections
The sweeping victory of PM Narendra Modi’s ruling party in Uttar Pradesh enhances its position in several states and the Upper House while auguring a stronger showing in the next general election. It also consolidates ...
2017 Jakarta Election – Alternative View: Beyond Religion
While religion was a major factor in the recent Jakarta election for governor, fear of oppression and social welfare were significant issues framed by Anies-Sandi and successfully used to mobilise voters. Strategic ...
Hudud and Shariah: Politicising Religion in Malaysia
The impending Himpunan 355 rally tomorrow (18 February 2017) and the current discourse on hudud in Malaysia exemplifies the effects of religious outbidding between UMNO and PAS on the Muslim populace. To prevent Islam from ...
Banning Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia: Freedom or Security?
The Indonesian government has issued a recommendation for the Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) to be legally prohibited. While some observers have criticised the proposal on grounds of freedom of expression or ...