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Islam Nusantara: NU’s Bid to Promote “Moderate Indonesian Islam”
Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation, has sponsored an international conference as part of its strategy to promote “Islam Nusantara” worldwide. However, the concept remains deeply contested, even ...
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 ...
The East Java gubernatorial race : dead heat but non - controversial
While the East Java gubernatorial election remains one of the most significant regional-level leadership races in Indonesia this year, campaigns had been orderly and free of controversy. Only a few hot-button issues that ...
Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 – Prabowo Subianto : Reluctant Yet Strong Contender
Prabowo Subianto enters the 2019 Indonesian presidential election with less elite support and financial resources compared to incumbent president Joko Widodo. However, he has gained strong backing at the grassroots level ...
Indonesia’s 2018 Regional Elections – West Kalimantan : Identity Politics at the Forefront
The West Kalimantan gubernatorial election is slated to be one of the most tenuous and polarising elections for the 2018 simultaneous regional elections – pilkada serentak. Historical tensions among different ethnic groups ...
Indonesia Ban on Civil Society Bodies: Spot On or Overreach?
President Joko Widodo has signed a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) which expedites the disbanding of “illegal” civil society organisations. While it is intended to crack down on hardline Islamist groups, it ...
Analysing transformative local leadership in Indonesia
Since 2001, Indonesia’s political decentralisation has opened fresh avenues for a new generation of local government executives to be elected. These new local leaders tend to promote novel styles of political leadership ...
Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 – Joko Widodo : Vulnerable Despite Strong Incumbency
Incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo enters the 2019 presidential election with a strong advantage based on the support from political parties, politicians, and other notables. However, he remains vulnerable to attacks ...
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 ...
Jokowi’s Second Cabinet Reshuffle: Implications for Indonesian Politics
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has just reshuffled his cabinet for the second time in a year, replacing a number of allegedly troubled ministers, but also some reform-minded professionals.