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Over the past month, we featured articles on Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) after being dissolved by the government and the future of Indonesia’s democracy, and three articles on human rights inspired by CRCS’s latest course on the topic, as well as a review of our recent publication on vigilantism in Yogyakarta. A translation of an article on adat organizations in Minahasan local politics has also been posted. We are currently accepting applications for presenters in our weekly Wednesday Forum which will begin the last week of August.


Members of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia face a dilemma after being dissolved by the government: should they remain ideologically consistent despite tough circumstances, or make a compromise? CRCS faculty member Dr Iqbal Ahnaf described the dynamics of the international organization and the choices facing HT in Indonesia after the government ban.  Available in English and Indonesian.

Some still hold an overly optimistic view regarding the prospects for Indonesia’s religious democracy. CRCS alumnus Gde Metera challenges advocates who claim that Indonesia’s religious democracy is substantively tolerant and inclusive, arguing that problems should not be obscured. Available in English and Indonesian.

Vigilantism has run rampant in Yogyakarta over the last few years. Is this due to the rise in less tolerant  interpretations of religion or are there more complex reasons behind the upswing in violence towards minorities? This is a review of a recently published book by CRCS on Yogyakarta’s crisis of keistimewaan (special status). Available in English and Indonesian.


Religious freedom is not always adequate as a tool to analyze conflicts involving religious people, as it may simplify the situation's complexity. However, a consideration of the context of religious freedom is necessary where religion is an integral part of full political recognition. This is a review of the book Beyond Religious Freedom (Princenton 2015) by Elizabeth Shakman Hurd. (Indonesian)


Religious freedom benefits people who belong to minority religions. People can only be sincere in being religious if they are free from coercion. The question is how to transfer the benefits to the majority of the same religion? This is part of a discussion held at UGM by Prof. Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN’s former special rapporteur on religious freedom issues. (Indonesian)


Some religious expressions protected by policies on religious freedom include practices that can counteract gender equality. At an institutional level, this has become a debate between proponents of Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) and those supporting the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Is there any possibility of reconciliation? (Indonesian)


Adat organizations promoting ethnic identity in Minahasa, a Christian majority region of North Sulawesi, have gained momentum from controversies following the Jakarta election. These groups reassert their existence by protesting against organizations they identify as intolerant. This is a translation of a piece previously written in Indonesian.



Welcome to the new CRCS master's students!

We would like to congratulate twenty-seven new students who have been selected to join our MA program in Religious Studies. These students will begin their orientation in Yogyakarta this month and we welcome them in undertaking their studies with us at CRCS!

Wednesday Forum: seeking presenters

Wednesday Forum is a weekly open-for-the-public discussion on topics related to studies of religion held at the UGM Graduate School.  We are seeking topic proposals for the forum to be presented during the upcoming semester beginning August 23rd.


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Newsletter of August 2017

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