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President Joko Widodo has taken an unconventional route to national office. Beawiharta Beawiharta/Reuters

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Jakarta’s gubernatorial election is by far the most significant political event of the year in Indonesia. Not only is Jakarta Indonesia’s biggest and most important city, the election matters because of…
Though music and dancing are contentious topics in Islam, the Minang people cherish their traditional performing arts in their ceremonies and festivals. Sadiq Bhanbhro

Indonesia’s Minangkabau culture promotes empowered Muslim women

The Minangkabau community is empirical evidence and a case in point to understand the cultural diversity and integrative cultural patterns of Muslim communities.
Indonesian girls are performing better than boys in the PISA test. But the overall performance of Indonesian students in science, mathematics and reading is among the lowest of participating countries. Enny Nuraheni/Reuters

Indonesia’s PISA results show need to use education resources more efficiently

The latest PISA report shows Indonesian girls outperforming boys in all subjects. But, overall, Indonesian students are low performers among students of PISA-participating countries.
Several studies have revealed forced land acquisitions in Indonesia lead to conflicts and loss of income of displaced persons. Reuters/Beawiharta

Indonesia should make land acquisitions more transparent and participative

Indonesia is pushing for more infrastructure development projects. But the people relocated to make way for these projects have very little power to ensure their livelihoods are secure.
There is a great opportunity and imperative for Australia and Indonesia to join forces to solve critical challenges facing the ocean and coastal regions. Lkzz/www.shutterstock.com

Indonesia and Australia are sleeping ocean superpowers

The two countries share huge marine resources and opportunities. At the same time both face increasing challenges to their oceans and coastal regions from climate change and over-exploitation.
Religious verses were originally answers to problems that occurred within the social and political contexts of the time. Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters

Islamic religious texts must be read in context to understand blasphemy

To avoid misguided use of sacred texts, religious believers should understand the context in which the texts appeared the first time.
In the last four years Indonesia has rapidly increased its academic publications output. But it still has a lot of catching up to do to be on par with other countries in the region. Andreas Hie/www.shutterstock,com

Indonesia’s knowledge sector is catching up, but a large gap persists

Indonesia has the potential to make important contributions through academic research and the dissemination of knowledge emerging from Indonesian universities.

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