Theology students sit an exam at the Islamic University in Jakarta.
Photo by Idris Thaha
The gathering of almost 500 female religious scholars in Indonesia in the world's first Female Clerics Congress shows Muslim women's fight for equality.
Contemporary Indonesia is heading down the path of conservative Sunni Islamism.
Recent events in Indonesia should dispel any doubt about the rising influence conservative Sunni Islamist sentiment is having on the country’s laws.
Dietary calcium is necessary to ensure our bones hold on to all the calcium they need to stay strong.
If dietary calcium is in short supply, calcium is released from bone to maintain the critical level in the bloodstream needed for nerve and muscle function.
What can we do to avoid clashes between users of shared paths?
The golden rule of shared paths is that the person in the less vulnerable position should be mindful of the more vulnerable user.
New health minister Greg Hunt has approved a 4.8% rise in health insurance premiums.
Each year private health insurance funds lobby the government to increase private health insurance premiums. They claim increases are warranted because of increasing costs.
Same face, different impressions.
If you're looking online for new love, a new job or just to meet up with new friends, then a lot rests on the face you present to the world.
Sexuality is still an important part of life for older people, but it’s seldom discussed and rarely researched.
Most of the early research on sexuality and ageing looked at the sexual behaviours and biology of older adults, generally ignoring the wider concept of sexuality.
Some Aboriginal people and a number of other Australians see Australia Day as a day of mourning.
Protesting about Australia Day is a smokescreen to obscure the real problems that many Aboriginal Australians face today.
Older people are more likely to have falls as their balance and muscle strength usually isn’t what it was.
In 2012 the total cost of poor bone health in adults aged over 50 years was A$2.75 billion, and 64% of this cost was the direct cost associated with treating and managing fractures.
Alison Whyte in Sydney Theatre Company’s The Testament of Mary.
The Testament of Mary is an interesting thought experiment but its narrative is improbable – historically, textually and theologically.
Why do we celebrate the birth of Jesus on 25 December?
Adoration of the shepherds (1622) by Gerard van Honthorst/WIkimedia Commons
Before Christmas became child-centred, Father Christmas was the personification of a mid-winter feast of merrymaking for adults – and he brought no presents.
Constant reforms in maths education aren’t helping Australia to improve its performance.
Policy continuity is what is needed to improve Australian students' maths capability.
On September 15, 2012, a protest in Sydney by Salafi Muslims against an ‘anti-Islam’ film ended in violent confrontations with police.
One Nation has built on the racism of its original anti-Asian platform by linking Australia's secular society to its Christian origins and presenting Islam as incompatible with this way of life.
A disempowering judgment by the Special Court for Sierra Leone should not blind us to how local activists still made use of its symbolic power.
How are we to understand why people in different parts of the world continue to demand and participate in transitional justice institutions and processes in spite of the shortcomings?
There are many factors contributing to Indigenous suicide, occurring in a wide variety of contexts.
A new report recognises that no two Indigenous suicides are identical, then skilfully identifies common themes for informing responses that have the potential to save lives.
A supporter of Hillary Clinton reacts as Australians watch the results of the U.S. presidential election at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Scholars from the U.S., Ireland, Australia and France provide perspective on President-elect Donald Trump.
Flanked by his family, US President Elect Donald Trump called for unity as he claimed victory.
Leading Australian academics respond to Donald Trump’s victory, and look ahead to what kind of president he might be. Much…
Donald Trump is often described as a populist leader.
In this special The Conversation project, scholars and commentators from around the world examine the rise of populism, and its implications, now and into the future.
To date, Donald Trump’s campaign has offered us a powerful blend of hope and horror.
Utopia and dystopia are combined in current political thinking, from Donald Trump to the universal basic income.
Don’t feel bitter, but that story you read about gin was probably wrong.
Claims that gin lovers are more likely to be psychopaths are just another case of science media misreporting - which should be a tonic to any tipplers who were worried by the news.