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This month’s newsletter features notes from a seminar on the relation between corruption and religious intolerance; a downloadable book from CRCS’s Diversity Management School (SPK) alumni; two Wednesday Forum reports; and two thesis reviews. The film “Our Land is the Sea” will be screened for the public in Yogyakarta this week.


Popular discourse surrounding Pancasila, the national ideology of the Indonesian state, often treats the five silas or principles as self-evident and even univocal in meaning. But a deep historical look into how they have been interpreted and implemented suggests otherwise.


Lembaga Survei Indonesia’s latest survey on religious intolerance and corruption shows that the majority of those surveyed support democracy and religious freedom, which can be seen as good news. More interestingly, LSI’s report makes a startling claim: that there is a positive correlation between religious intolerance and corruption. (Indonesian)


One of the goals of CRCS’s Diversity Management School (SPK) is to accompany activists in the creation of research-based advocacy. The various research projects of SPK alumni have been compiled and made into a book series that can now be downloaded for free. (Indonesian)

In most Theravada Buddhist societies, women are not allowed to pursue the highest level of ordination and authority. But some Theravadin bhikkuni groups in Indonesia are trying to challenge this patriarchal convention, by sect-crossing or by establishing an organization independent from the bhikku sangha.

There are two theories challenging the commonly accepted Islamic narrative on how and why the al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem was built. According to these theories, instead of being a site for commemoration of the spiritual experience of Isra’ Mi’raj, the site was built for two other main reasons.

Indonesia is located in an area of geological instability. Natural disasters have occurred many times. People therefore have built not only infrastructural mechanisms but also a spiritual and cultural ones for how to deal with suffering when facing natural disasters.


Our film about the interconnection between cultural and biological diversity in the lives of a Bajau community in Southeast Sulawesi, Our Land is the Sea, will be screened for the public on October 10th, at the Institut Francais d’Indonesie, Yogyakarta, followed by a discussion featuring two members of the family featured in the film.

CRCS Newsletter of October 2018

The Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS) is a Master's Degree program in Religious Studies and a research center at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM).
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