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Ramadan Kareem, happy fasting to all of our Muslim friends!

Last month, CRCS published two articles on the Indonesian government’s plan to disband Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI). One of the articles questions whether disbanding HTI is necessary, and the other is a report from a public talk criticizing HTI’s propaganda on the concept of khilafah. We also featured an opinion piece on the impact of the Jakarta election beyond the capital city; a report from a judicial review on the civil administration law; and Wednesday Forum reports. There were also essays reflecting on two religious holidays: Vesak and Ascension Day.


Must Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia be disbanded?

One of the heated public discussions in Indonesia over the the past few months has been about the possibility of disbanding the transnational movement Hizbut Tahrir. Written by  CRCS faculty member Dr. Iqbal Ahnaf, this article suggests the Indonesian government, instead of disbanding Hizbut Tahrir, should play with the “politics of space”. (Indonesian) Read more

Among many of the recent public talks in Indonesia on Hizbut Tahrir and its khilafah campaign was one held at the State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga. This is a report written by a CRCS student detailing the talk with Monash University’s Dr. Nadirsyah Hosen. (Indonesian) Read more

The 2006 law on Civil Administration demands followers of religions outside of the six recognized ones leave their ID card’s religion column blank. Some object that this regulation leads to discriminatory treatment toward the followers of indigenous religions. CRCS faculty member Dr. Samsul Maarif was present during the review process at the Constitutional Court. (Indonesian) Read more

The Jakarta election has triggered reactions and shaped the political dynamic of local elections based on identity. In Minahasa, Christian and adat-based mass organizations gained momentum from the Jakarta election to reaffirm their existence. These organizations also launched protests against groups they identify as intolerant. (Indonesian) Read more

On Monday, May 22, 2017, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) launched a declaration to reinforce Pancasila. After a public talk with some famous figures, the declaration of UGM as a "Pancasila Campus" was followed by a focus group discussion (FGD) among academics. The text of the declaration is available here. (Indonesian) Read more

Commemorating Ascension Day, the holiday celebrated in Indonesia on May 25, CRCS lecturer Dr. Gregory Vanderbilt reflects on how Indonesian Christians outside Java hold their religious celebrations. This reflection details his visit to East Nusa Tenggara and West Sumatra. Read more

Written by CRCS staff member Subandri Simbolon, this article reflects on the meaning of Jesus’ saying as narrated in Acts 1:8 that His disciples should be His witnesses “to the ends of the earth” and correlates it with how Jesus has interacted with people from various backgrounds. (Indonesian) Read more

How has Buddhists’ Vesak Day historically been celebrated in Indonesia? Yulianti, an alumna of CRCS, provides a brief history of how the holiday is celebrated. She also discusses how Buddhists have tried to contextualize the celebration’s theme in line with contemporary issues. (Indonesian) Read more


New scholarship opportunity

Along with the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP), Unggulan Scholarship, and the UGM Graduate School scholarship, there are two new funding opportunities for potential students. One is from a collaboration between CRCS-MORA for alumni of State Islamic Universities under the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The other is a tuition-free scholarship from CRCS for alumni of non-Islamic universities. Applications are due June 13.

Wednesday Forum reports

CRCS-ICRS Wednesday Forum held fifteen talks throughout the course of this semester. Links to reports from a portion of the talks are below. Wednesday Forum begins again after the summer session in early August.


A European woman sharing a story of conversion to Islam

Perceptions towards Muslim refugees in Poland

Changes in Islamic textbooks of Yogyakarta’s public high schools

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Newsletter of June 2017

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