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Using Religion and Culture to Fight Terrorism: Lessons from The Philippine Military

oleh Bayu Mitra A. Kusuma* The Philippine government is recruiting Muslims into the military in an attempt to counter terrorism through a mixture of religious and security approaches. The Philippines faces increasing security pressure since the rise of the Maute, a terrorist group affiliated with IS (Islamic State), in Marawi city. The group in May last year laid siege to Marawi, the capital of the Muslim [...]

Voicing Women’s Role in Inter-Religious Dialogue: A Note from Nairobi

Vice Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Islam (ISAIs) UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Wiwin Siti Aminah Rohmawati, MA became a speaker at the International Conference on “Religion and its Contribution to Conflict and Peace Building” in Nairobi Kenya on May 23-24, 2018. She had a privilege to attend The 2nd Tangaza Annual Conference on Sustainable Peace and Security in Africa (TACSPA 2). This is an annual [...]

General Election of Malaysia 2018: The Voice of Malaysians

By: Yi Xue Fang* Yesterday, Malaysia was renowned for her Kleptocracy Government, and today all Malaysia is acclaimed for a new era of Democracy. Malaysians had embarked another new history on 9th of May 2018. It wasn’t just revolving around the news feed in Malaysia, but throughout the globe on Earth. As a youth plus a first time voter, I was indeed really excited and [...]

International Seminar on The Dynamics of Middle Class Muslim in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand

The Institute of Southeast Asian Islam (ISAIs) in collaboration with UIN Sunan Kalijaga Faculty of Da’wah and Communication will host an International Seminar on The Dynamics of Middle Class Muslim in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 14:00 to 16:00 in the Theatrical Hall of Faculty of Da’wah and Communication Science. The seminar will invite speakers [...]

Najib warns Islamic State may seek to recruit Rohingya Muslims

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak warned that militant groups such as Islamic State may seek to recruit members from the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims affected by ethnic violence in Myanmar. Sharing a stage with Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi at a regional counter-terrorism conference in Sydney on Saturday, Razak said the turmoil in Myanmar’s Rakhine state was a security threat to Southeast Asia. [...]

2018 YSEALI Professional Fellows program

Applications are now open for the Fall 2018 YSEALI Professional Fellows program! The YSEALI Professional Fellows Program gives participants ages 25-35 the opportunity to spend five weeks in the United States, where they will work in a full-time placement in a U.S. business, NGO or government office. During these placements, Fellows build their practical expertise, leadership skills, and professional networks. Participants must be: Emerging leaders in [...]

Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes

Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hardline monks in parts of Asia is upending the religion’s tolerant image. Buddhist mobs in Sri Lanka last week led anti-Muslim riots that left at least three dead and more than 200 Muslim-owned establishments in ruins, just the latest bout [...]

Youth self-radicalisation a concern: Shanmugam

Expressing concerns over youth falling prey to extremist ideologies, Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Tuesday (Mar 13) revealed that the Singapore authorities have picked up five radicalised teenagers — aged between 17 and 19 — over the past three years. “These are lives wasted…We have to rehabilitate them quickly and get them back, to give them the opportunities,” said Mr Shanmugam, who was speaking [...]

Indonesia must mainstream local wisdom to tackle intolerance: Expert Said

The Indonesian government needs to equip its development policies with a cultural strategy, which can mainstream local wisdom that is rich with the spirit of tolerance, to prevent the rapidly growing intolerance movements, an expert has said. “All this time, the government has never had a cultural strategy, which aims to make its people ready to face changes in the society, which is getting more plural,” said [...]