Wednesday, May 04, 2011
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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Web of Terror

AS a former senior figure in the Indonesian Islamic State (NII), Imam Supriyanto had never forgotten his senior, Abdul Rosyid alias Abdul Kholis. Two years ago, Imam visited the home of Kholis in Ciputat, South Tangerang. “He used to be my mentor,” said Imam in Jakarta last week, referring to Kholis. At that time, Imam had already left the organization two years before. During those two years Imam never…

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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.