Islam in the Public Sphere. The Politics of Identity and the Future of Democracy in Indonesia

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This publication is the result of a research project of KAS Jakarta and the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture of Syarif Hidayatullah Universität (UIN) in Jakarta.

Indonesia’s Role in International Climate Policy


Concerning the emission of greenhouse gas, Indonesia is the third biggest environmental sinner in the world after China and the USA. The destruction of the Indonesian rainforest has wide-reaching consequences for the global climate – 80 per cent of the forest has already disappeared. The REDD initiative (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) is now part of the international approach to climate protection. It holds a lot of promise for countries like Indonesia with large stands of tropical rainforest.

Press Release (1/2011): EU-Project

KAS und EU fördern Zivilgesellschaft in Aceh und Papua

The EU and KAS will promote civil society in Aceh and Papua. The Press Release informs you about our activities.

SBY Remains Indonesia's President

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono am 8. Juli im ersten Wahlgang wiedergewählt

Indonesia has made its vote. As it seems, its final one. According to the first projections, incumbent Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) has been reelected on July 8 with 62% of the votes. This clear-cut victory of the team SBY-Boediono makes a second ballot redundant.

Presidential elections in Indonesia

Team Yudhoyono-Boediono with good chances to win

After the official release of final results for the parliamentary elections on April 9, the parties have finalized their negotiations about candidates and coalitions for the presidential elections on July 8.

Indonesia has made its vote

Partei Demokrat turns out strong in 2009 parliamentary elections

The national-liberal party Demokrat of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is according to the most current counting of ballots with 20,2% of votes the strongest party of the parliamentary elections on April 9, 2009. In comparison to 2004, the party could triple its share of votes (7,5% at the time). The leading party of the last elections, vice president Kalla's Golkar party experienced a drastic drop from 21,6% to now 14,9% and came in third place. The party PDI-P of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri became second largest party but also had to suffer a drop in votes from 18,5% to 15,0%.

Islamism against Pluralism - The pornography law in Indonesia

Following a debate that has lasted for years, the Indonesian parliament has passed the 'Pornography law' on October 30 despite severe protests

Ost Timor on the path to normality

After more than two years of instability and insecurity, one can experience a positive, forward-looking atmosphere in the capital city of Dili again. The times resembling civil war with refugee camps covering all free spots of the city and gang criminality seem - at least for now - have its end. For the first time since the start of agitations in May 2006, a visitor does not seem to confront a constant personal threat.

The effects of the financial crisis on Indonesia

Despite a deep plunge in the markets caused by domestic investors and a short period of suspended trading, Indonesia has so far - in comparison to other countries - only marginally been hit by the financial crisis.

Penerapan Syari'at at Islam di Era Otonomi Daerah

(in Bahasa Indonesia)

The publication is based on a research conducted by the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture (CSRC) at the State Islamic University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta. It deals witht the application of Syari’a and Regional Autonomy in Indonesia and its Implication to Civil Liberties, Women Rights, and Minorities.