Islamic Culture

Indonesia Islam leaders stir row over 'Buddhist' Chinese New Year

Two Muslim women visit a Buddhist temple in Jakarta. Photo: AFP

As Indonesia and other countries with Chinese diasporas welcome the Year of the Snake, some Islamic leaders have ignited a religious row by declaring the celebrations “haram” and off limits for Muslims.

Sunday, 10 February, 2013, 12:24pm 2 comments

There is no ban on Uygur dress, police deputy says at congress

Uygur Muslim women in traditional dress in Kashgar. Photo: AFP

Muslim head coverings and long beards are "kind of passé", a deputy police chief from Xinjiang's Kashgar prefecture said this week when explaining why authorities discouraged such practices among Uygurs, who make up 40 per cent of the region's population.

14 Nov 2012 - 4:35am 14 comments

Muslim artists rise to the 'no body' challenge

Ali Hassan's Nun I.

Artists in the Middle East have proved creative in the face of Islam's bar on depictions of the human body, as Fionnuala McHugh discovers.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:46pm

Style meter


Shoulder pads

Let's hope you haven't thrown these staples from the 1980s away because they're back with a vengeance.


They've been a hit with the ladies, so men are getting back in on the act.

Super flares

Denim's most-wanted shape for 2009. Siwy is the brand to watch out for.

1 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Spectre of unemployment mars holiday

This could be the last week in work for many Indonesians now bracing themselves for mass unemployment.

As stores, factories and workshops close for the Idul Fitri festival on Friday marking the end of the Muslim Ramadan fast, there are fears many will not reopen.

26 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Malaysia expects slowdown

Malaysia's cargo industry expects a slowdown in activity after the Lunar New Year and Malay Hari Raya Puasa holidays at the end of the month.

Port officials and cargo agents said import cargo had slowed in the past two months as a result of the regional economic crisis.

7 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Forget the turkey, try snake

Late this Wednesday, Richard Amadi-Emine plans to leave his home - a cramped, windowless 13th-floor room off a corridor decorated with 'Warning, rat poison laid here' posters - and head for St Joseph's Catholic Church on Garden Road.

Marking Christmas is important for the 33-year-old Nigerian, who looks forward to celebrating midnight mass in Hong Kong.

21 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Muslims call for festival public holiday

Muslim leaders will write to the Home Affairs Department today, asking for the religious celebration of Eid-ul-Adha to be declared a public holiday.

Inspired by the Executive Council's decision to declare Buddha's birthday a general public holiday from 1999, the Muslim community's board of trustees plans to ask for similar treatment.

1 Dec 1997 - 12:00am