Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Student Terrorist from Buntalan

SUPERVISED by two teachers, two prosecution officials and two prison officers, he was doing his 40-question final exam. Now and again, Aria (not his real name) frowned. “What does this hatching mean?” he asked, pointing at his exam paper. A teacher explained it and then he quickly continued. In less than two hours, Aria finished the exam.

In his school uniform of white shirt and gray pants,…

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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.