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Islam and Democracy in Indonesia

Round Table Conference Indonesia Nederland Society The Hague, Senate Building, 25 June 2014 When I was contemplating which thoughts I would like to share with you today, I posed myself the hypothetical question…

The miracle of Bahasa Indonesia and Arabic

It has always been the dream and wish of many Arabs that everyone should speak the same classical Arabic. Arabic dialects are considered by some Arab linguists to be a degenerate form of…

Domestic Architecture

Most houses in Indonesia divide their space into formal “public” areas at the front, and private “inner” areas at the back. They both have open spaces at the front where visitors and guests are…

Monas

Javanese cities used to be built around an alun-alun or rectangular, grassed common. Around the sides of the alun-alunyou would find the palace of the ruler (called the kraton in Javanese, or istana in Malay), a prison…

Islamic Education

Indonesia has a huge number of Islamic schools that operate beyond the direct jurisdiction of the Department of National Education (Departemen Pendidikan Nasional). Many of them are traditional, independent, community schools supported and…

Tuhan vs Allah

The word Tuhan is the original Indonesian word with the original meaning ‘Lord’ which nowadays is still preserved in the word tuan ‘Sir’. The Arabic loanword Allah is used precisely the same way…

Angklung

Angklung is a musical instrument made out of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved so that they have a resonant pitch when struck. The two tubes are…

Banjar

Banjar culture dominates the province of South Kalimantan. Although they are devout Muslims, the Banjar proudly trace their origins to a legendary Hindu kingdom, the Negara Dipa. The Banjar people seldom move to…

Suntiang – The Golden Headdress

For the brides of Minangkabau in West Sumatra, known as Anak Daro, the suntiang must be worn during the wedding party, which usually runs for a day and a night. In the past…

Pasar Terapung

Another type of market is Pasar Terapung or floating market. The picture above shows the activity at Lok Baintan floating market, the iconic marketplace which represents Banjarmasin, in South Kalimantan, Indonesia. Lok Baintan…

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