Islam in Indonesia

Imminent ban of Islamic sect divides Indonesians

The imminent banning of an Islamic sect deemed heretical has divided Indonesia's Muslims, with moderates saying the ban contravenes religious freedoms and radicals threatening to kill the sect's members if it is not outlawed.

Tuesday, 22 April, 2008, 12:00am

Faiths unite to condemn video attacking Islam

Christian and Muslim organisations have condemned a Christian-produced video that reportedly labels Islam 'the source of all Indonesia's ills and a sure pathway to hell'.

13 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Plans for women-only mosque

Concern groups for Indonesian domestic helpers have launched a campaign to push for the first women-only mosque in Hong Kong.

'Women do not have enough places for Muslim prayer in Hong Kong,' said Titien Suprupti, chairwoman of Wanodya Indonesian Club. 'Some are praying in gardens and open spaces, and we feel this is not suitable. It is crowded and noisy and uncomfortable.'

12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Muslim leaders reaffirm traditional tolerance

The leaders of Indonesia's two largest Muslim organisations - representing tens of millions of people across Southeast Asia - say it is time to reassert the mod eration, tolerance and mutual respect for which Islam has always stood.

4 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Islamic vigilantes threaten Ramadan raids on nightspots

Militant Islamic groups are planning violent raids on nightspots which stay open during Ramadan.

In recent years, the month of holy observance has seen an annual public debate over what should or should not be allowed by law during Ramadan.

17 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Some decry him as corrupt, and the world sees him as out of touch. Vaudine England looks at the upbringing which moulded Gus Dur, the man many still consider Indonesia's only hope

'We can only pray. For years, we have tried not to interfere in politics'

THE EAST JAVANESE town of Jombang used to produce sugar cane for its Dutch colonial masters. Today, the local product is a certain brand of Islam, because this is where the Islamic group Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) was founded by the grandfather of Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid.

1 Mar 2001 - 12:00am