Dossier: Islam in Southeast Asia

A boy salvages belongings from a burned-down building in Htan Kone village in Myanmar's northern Sagaing region on 25 August 2013 (photo: Reuters)

Anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar and Sri Lanka

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Surge of radical Buddhism in South Asia

Nationalist Buddhist monks in Myanmar and Sri Lanka are playing a key role in instigating hatred and provoking violence towards the Muslim minorities in both countries, claiming that such action is necessary in order to protect Buddhist race and culture. By Roma Rajpal WeißMore

Joko Widodo (photo: Getty Images)

Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo

Comfortable among the people

Indonesians have chosen Joko Widodo, commonly known as Jokowi, to be their next president. He won more than 53 per cent of the vote in July's election. His rival Prabowo Subianto refuses to concede defeat and has taken the matter to the Constitutional Court. Observers doubt the court will accept his claim that the election was stolen. By Edith KoesoemawiriaMore

Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo meets the people. Photo: Getty Images

Indonesian presidential elections 2014

Populist versus autocrat

The two candidates in the forthcoming presidential elections in Indonesia could hardly be more different. Prabowo Subianto, former son-in-law of the late dictator Suharto, has adopted a militaristic style, and likes to present himself as a strong leader, while social democrat candidate Joko Widodo is seen as a man of the people and establishment outsider. Christina Schott examines their chancesMore

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Photo: DW/Shaikh Azizur Rahman

The Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar

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In the shadow of an icon

Since 2012 there have been repeated violent clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar. Human rights activists accuse the government and state security forces of ethnic cleansing, murder and persecution. Charlotte Wiedemann reports on the fate of the country's Muslim Rohingya peopleMore

A Myanmar Buddhist monk holds a sign as he takes part in a demonstration against the Organisation of the Islamic Conference in Yangon on 15 October 2012 (photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

The spectre of ethnic violence reappears

In the light of a recent series of bills proposed by the Myanmar government that seek to restrict an individual's right to religious freedom, critics fear a further increase in discrimination and violence against the marginalised community of Rohingya Muslims. By Roma Rajpal WeißMore

Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei (photo: Reuters)

The introduction of Sharia in Brunei

The sultan's new laws

The tiny sultanate of Brunei is the first country in South-East Asia to officially impose Islamic Sharia law at national level. Roxana Isabel Duerr considers what this means for Brunei and the development of Islam in the regionMore

Protests against President Yudhoyono's economic policy in Jakarta, Indonesia (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Democracy and Human Rights in Indonesia

A Blocked Constitutional State

The country with the world's biggest Muslim population has now experienced 15 years of democracy. But the political euphoria of the Indonesian "Reformasi" movement has long since given way to disenchantment. Ex-dictator Suharto's old boy network is still very much in place, and radical Islam is on the rise. By Christina SchottMore

Mawardi Nurdin, one of the mayoral candidates, casts his vote into a ballot box in local elections in Aceh, Indonesia, 9 April 2012 (photo: EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak)

Indonesia as a Model of Muslim Democracy

Developments, Problems, and Opportunities

In the wake of Islamic resurgence and the growing democratic movements in North Africa and the Middle East, it is relevant to see Indonesia as a model of Muslim democracy. The country has shown a stable democratic government, civil liberties, and tremendous economic growth. By Luthfi AssyaukanieMore

A Myanmar Buddhist monk holds a sign saying 'The world is not only for Muslims' as he takes part in a demonstration against the Organisation of the Islamic Conference in Yangon on October 15, 2012 (photo: AFP PHOTO/Ye Aung Thu)

Ethnic Violence against Burma's Rohingya Muslims

One of the Most Persecuted Minorities in the World

There has been an escalation in violence against the Muslim Rohinghya people since Burma began its process of democratisation, Some media describe the violence as "massacres" and "ethnic cleansing". The authorities appear to be powerless to stop it. Report by Christoph HeinMore

A destroyed Ahmadi home in Pandeglang, Indonesia (photo: AP)

Violence against Minorities in Indonesia

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Democracy without Tolerance

The violence against minorities in Indonesia has reached new, terrible heights. While Islamist hardliners target Christians and supporters of the Islamic Ahmadiyya, the state turns a blind eye. Andy Budiman has the detailsMore

Police officers shave the heads of punks, Indonesia, 14 December 2011 (photo: EPA/HOTLI SIMANJUNTAK)

Punks and Sharia Law in Indonesia

The Mohawk Crusade

The pictures were striking and went around the world: young Indonesian punks having their heads shaved by police and being forced to bathe in a lake before being "re-educated" in the spirit of Sharia. James Balowski sums up the events of last December and national and international reactions to themMore

Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia (photo:AP)

Radical Islam in Indonesia

Pluralism as Provocation

Indonesia's image as a poster child for pluralism has been tarnished – the actions of Islamic radicals are increasingly controlling the agenda. In the opinion of some observers, the moderate majority must display a greater sense of unity and overcome the authoritarian heritage of the country. By Anett KellerMore