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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Indonesian hard-liners again turn up heat on Ahmadis

The constantly under fire followers of the Ahmadiyah religious sect are facing yet another round of persecution. This time the administration of Depok, West Java, has shut down their last remaining mosque following intense pressure from a mob demanding the disbandment of the congregation. A sign has been erected in front of the Al-Hidayah Mosque, declaring illegal all the sect’s activities in the precinct. Seven [...]

Intolerance ‘increasingly widespread’ in Indonesian

Intolerance has been infiltrated into the society, including the bureaucracy, said the Presidential office staffer, Jaleswari Pramodhawardani, who makes this conclusion based on intelligence data in the area. Pramordhawardani revealed that intelligence discover there are civil servants who joined intolerance group, against Pancasila and try to build caliphate or Islamic state. “Even some civil servants participated in demonstration with the hardline Islamic group and got [...]

Religious minorities feel neglected in Jakarta election

Despite the three candidate pairs in the Jakarta gubernatorial election offering promises to various social and demographic groups across the capital, religious minority groups still feel left out as candidates seem to prefer wooing members of the majority community. In the three months since the election campaign kicked off in late October, none of the three candidates, namely Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono-Sylviana Murni, incumbent Basuki “Ahok” [...]