Religious Issues

Indonesia blasphemy woman endures cramped cell, bad food

Sep 27, 2018

A rights group says the Indonesian woman imprisoned for blasphemy after complaining about noise from a mosque is sharing a cramped cell with 16 other women and given "terrible" food

Indonesia presidential contenders vow peaceful campaign

Sep 23, 2018

Campaigning for Indonesia's presidential election officially began Sunday with the two contenders releasing white birds and vowing a peaceful race as concerns simmer the campaign will exploit religious and ethnic divides

Malaysian PM says public caning of lesbians tarnishes Islam

Sep 6, 2018

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has criticized the public caning of two Muslim women for attempting to have sex, saying it tarnished Islam's reputation as a merciful and compassionate religion

Aceh region bans unmarried couples at same table in cafes

Sep 5, 2018

A district in Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province has banned unmarried couples from sitting at the same table in restaurants, cafes or coffee shops

Malaysian Muslim lesbian couple caned in public punishment

Sep 3, 2018

Two women convicted under Islamic laws of attempting to have sex have been caned in a rare public whipping in northeastern Malaysia

Asian Games stir Indonesia's pride, boost Jokowi's campaign

Sep 3, 2018

Indonesia's success in hosting and competing at the Asian Games has swelled national pride, boosted the re-election campaign of President Joko Widodo, and positively highlighted diversity in the Muslim-majority nation

Indonesian president urges tolerance in annual speech

Aug 16, 2018

Indonesia's president urged the country to embrace its founding spirt of tolerance in an annual national address just days after choosing a divisive cleric as his running mate in elections next year

Indonesian president picks cleric as running mate in 2019

Aug 10, 2018

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has formally registered as a candidate in 2019 elections and has chosen a conservative Islamic cleric as his running mate

Indonesia's Aceh carries out public canings despite pledge

Jul 13, 2018

Conservative Indonesian province publicly canes gay couple, others found guilty of violating Shariah law, despite pledging not to carry out the punishment in public

Malaysia investigates marriage of man to 11-year-old girl

Jul 2, 2018

Malaysia's deputy prime minister says authorities are investigating the marriage between an 11-year-old Thai girl and a 41-year-old Malaysian Muslim, including elements of possible "sexual grooming" in the case

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