Ethnic Chinese and Christians in Indonesia have endured systematic and long-standing discrimination throughout the country's history.
Ahok is only one among many people in Indonesia who have been jailed under the country's controversial blasphemy law.
Would religious and ethnic narratives be effective at swaying voters?
To avoid misguided use of sacred texts, religious believers should understand the context in which the texts appeared the first time.
About one-quarter of the world's countries, both in developing and developed economies, have anti-blasphemy laws. Their implementation is always controversial and highly politicised.
An enormous rally in Jakarta, organised by hardline Islamic militia group the Islamic Defenders Front, appears to have mobilised a diverse group of conservative Muslims in Indonesia.
The reality of the November 4 rally in Jakarta is much more complex than growing Islamic radicalism in Indonesia.
The world's informal settlements are growing at an unprecedented rate, with about one in four urban dwellers living in slums. We need to rethink how we view and deal with these people and places.
Indonesia should tackle the job and income insecurities that plague its large young workforce, to help prevent them being lured into joining violent extremist groups.
Indonesians reacted defiantly on social media after the bombings and shootings in Jakarta last week. But how effective is the response on social media in countering terrorism?
What is the landscape of Indonesia's terror groups? And what threat does the country face following Thursday's deadly attacks in Jakarta?