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Opinion / Column

The 'Reality Show' Trial

In yet another bad move, the court handed down a guilty verdict based on circumstantial evidence.

Corruption or Corporate Act?

Dahlan Iskan has been indicted over the questionable sale of assets belonging to a company owned by the East Java provincial government. Just because he signed the sales agreement?

The Halal-Haram Labelling Debate

The Halal Product Guarantee Law must be amended. Haram certificates would be cheaper.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Many Faces of Conservatism

Playing With the Fire of Conservatism

The most recent study by the State Islamic University (UIN) in Jakarta yielded surprising -- and worrying -- results: over 80 percent of the respondents rejected the idea of a non-Muslim leader and the establishment of other houses of worship in their areas.

UIN's Islamic and Social Studies Center (PPIM) conducted the study on 500 schoolteachers of (the Muslim) religion in five provinces at the end of last year. Some respondents also rejected the idea of educators of other faiths teaching in a public school.