Dossier: Islam in Southeast Asia

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

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