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An Iranian boy walk past next to a wall painting of Iran’s national flag in a street of the capital city of Tehran, Iran, in early January. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

The US-Iran conflict and what it means for Indonesia

Indonesia, which has the world's largest Muslim population, is expected to face no political impacts from US-Iran conflict due to Indonesia's minimal involvement in the region.
An image from the book cover for ‘SLAY,’ one of the top 2019 five books for young critical thinkers. (Simon and Schuster)

5 great reads for young critical thinkers

A list of 5 great reads for young critical thinkers and the adults in their lives — in time for holiday gift-giving.
Institutions such as Al-Azhar University have traditionally been regarded as the standard model for Islamic higher education. Indonesia’s new international Islamic university wants to change that. Shutterstock

How Indonesia’s new international Islamic university will host global research for ‘moderate Islam’

Slated for operations in 2020, Indonesia's new international Islamic university aims to become a 'middle ground' Islamic institution through leveraging Indonesia's unique culture of moderate Islam.
While most research participants believe in the power of contact, dialogue and exchange to transform negative attitudes. Shutterstock

These young Muslim Australians want to meet Islamophobes and change their minds. And it’s working

In the face of growing anti-Muslim sentiment, young Muslim Australians believe the power of contact and exchange can transform prejudice.
Before the election that secured his second-term victory, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd during a political campaign road show in Varanasi, India. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh, File)

In India, Modi’s nationalism quashes dissent with help from the media

India's Modi government has used populist rhetoric to scare the public and turn Kashmiri Muslims into symbols of terrorist violence. The news media in India seems to be following along.
Paramilitary soldiers walk past Rapid Action Force (RAF) soldiers standing guard during security lockdown in Jammu, India, Aug. 9, 2019. The restrictions on public movement throughout Kashmir have forced people to stay indoors. All communications and the internet have been cut off. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Modi ushers in a new intolerant India and revokes multicultural democracy

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he's ushering in a 'new India.' But this new era is of ethnic majoritarianism and erases differences, dissent and the rights of minorities.
Indonesian Muslims hold candles during a memorial service on the first anniversary of suicide bombing attacks at Santa Maria Catholic Church in Surabaya, East Java. Fully Handoko/EPA

Understanding intolerance with a better research method

It is important to understand the issues of intolerance through statistics. But it is crucial to dig deeper to understand why a person becomes intolerant.
People hold up signs as they march during a demonstration in Montreal, April 7, 2019, in opposition to the Quebec government’s newly tabled Bill 21. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Clashing rights: Behind the Québec hijab debate

The proposed secular law (Bill 21) in the province of Québec appears to be directed primarily against Montreal and Québec City, and reflects a fear of strangers in Québec’s more homogeneous regions.
A mother teaches her daughter by reading Alquran inside a mosque in Indonesia. www.shutterstock.com

Hijab in Indonesia – the history and controversies

Hijab-wearing culture in Indonesia has changed over time. The hijab is becoming much more popular, so why does it remain a source of controversy?

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