Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Nationwide Terrorist Network

THE police are continuing their hunt of terrorist suspects in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam. Around 30 suspects have been arrested. They come from different regions and backgrounds, ranging from civil servants, ex-policemen, traders, to common thugs. Some local Acehnese have also joined the military training at Jalin Valley, in Greater Aceh district.

Dulmatin built a new force in Aceh and controlled it from Pamulang, Banten. He united the…

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Javanese-Inspired Recitation

DURING the fasting month, conflicts and controversies are put aside. But one dispute, which reflects the two expressions of Islam—one oriented to the Middle East and the other identifying itself with the Indonesian Archipelago (Nusantara)—did not stop. The performance of Muhammad Yasser Arafat, a lecturer at the Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University, who recited the first 15 verses of Chapter 23 of the Qur'an in the style of a Javanese song during a commemoration of the the Isra Mir'aj (the Prophet's Night Journey) at the State Palace on May 15, has led to a public debate full of political nuance.