Children play in artificial snow near a Christmas tree at a Jakarta shopping centre this month. A resident of Surabaya said she believed it was “wrong” for Muslims to take selfies near Christmas trees. Photo: Reuters
Children play in artificial snow near a Christmas tree at a Jakarta shopping centre this month. A resident of Surabaya said she believed it was “wrong” for Muslims to take selfies near Christmas trees. Photo: Reuters
Indonesia

Wish you a Merry Christmas? ‘Heresy’, cry some in Indonesia - but not this peace-loving Muslim cleric

  • Social media zealots preaching intolerance have supercharged Indonesia’s recent dive into Islamic ultraconservatism, squeezing out minority groups
  • You can’t even wish Christians a ‘Happy Christmas’ any more, apparently. But Aan Anshori and his Islamic civil society organisation aim to change that

Children play in artificial snow near a Christmas tree at a Jakarta shopping centre this month. A resident of Surabaya said she believed it was “wrong” for Muslims to take selfies near Christmas trees. Photo: Reuters
Children play in artificial snow near a Christmas tree at a Jakarta shopping centre this month. A resident of Surabaya said she believed it was “wrong” for Muslims to take selfies near Christmas trees. Photo: Reuters
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