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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.
Racism, political agenda of Jakarta governor opponents in the upcoming gubernatorial race, and discontent from the urban poor over Purnama’s policy on forced evictions all factor in the protest turnout in addition to religious motives. Reuters/Beawiharta

How Jakarta’s first Chinese Indonesian governor became an easy target for radical Islamic groups

The reality of the November 4 rally in Jakarta is much more complex than growing Islamic radicalism in Indonesia.
As machinery demolishes houses behind them, Jakarta police evict residents from the settlement of Luar Batang in April. Reuters/Beawiharta Beawiharta

Will Habitat III defend the human right to the city?

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.
If people really want to create a social movement to counter terrorism, we should expand our reach offline. Reuters/Darren Whiteside

Indonesia needs more than hashtags to defy terror

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?

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