BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (RNS) The reality is that the imposition of Shariah law in this corner of the world’s most populous Muslim nation was a cynical political ploy — and it worked.
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (RNS) For many people, the hijab is a kind of Rorschach test — we use it, unconsciously or not, as a barometer about our feelings on Muslims or Islam.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (RNS) Seeing reports of yet another gruesome murder in the name of Islam is enough to make you turn away. But the Islam you see here might just be enough to deserve another look.
(RNS) Islamic religious police in Indonesia plan to publicly flog a 25-year-old widow and a married man for adultery after vigilantes gang-raped her as punishment for having extramarital sex, according to media reports.
(RNS) Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono may be the first Indonesian president to acknowledge publicly he believes in witchcraft. In a recently published memoir, he describes a “horror movie” style encounter with black magic at his residence.
LONDON (RNS) A new report says eight current and incoming member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council were among 24 countries to imprison believers and atheists in 2013 for violating local laws that restrict freedom of religion or belief.
(RNS) “We don’t just want to shout ‘no’ to Miss World,” said the pageant’s founder Eka Shanti. “We’d rather show our children they have choices. Do you want to be like the women in Miss World? Or like those in Muslimah World?”
(RNS) The nearly 3 million Muslims who will make next week’s annual hajj pilgrimage to the sacred Saudi Arabian city of Mecca are required to be vaccinated against meningitis. Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis claims to have developed, in 2010, the first anti-meningitis vaccine without pork, which Muslims are forbidden to consume under Islamic law. Many […]
(RNS) The atheist community has embraced the cause of an Indonesian man, Alexander Aan, who was beaten and jailed after denying God’s existence on Facebook and posting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. By Kimberly Winston.