As President Joko Widodo looks ahead to his second-term inaugural next month, huge challenges lie ahead and some contradictions remain unresolved, including latent social cleavages, the evolving role of Islam in political life, and tough economic choices.
There are a number of questions that should be asked about what assumptions lie behind questions asked of visibly Muslim westerners–not only in public life, but more generally in society, too.
The dramatic death of the former president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, on June 17th, reignited debate about the future of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and political Islam across the region.
Mélisande Genat discusses the fluid identities in Sinjar, where even the Islamic State’s presence did not greatly alter ties.
At the very moment when secularism is on the ropes in India, its defenders appear to have abandoned it.
Shia and Sunni endowments have gone different ways since Saddam Hussein's fall, and the Iraqi state is poised to take advantage where it can.
We need to better understand Islam and its current circumstances, practices and demographic outlook, and this is not just important for fighting terrorism.
The Syrian civil war has reshaped Sunni Islamic identity in the country. As a result, the regime will struggle to use religion to enhance its own power and legitimacy.
Although local clerics have helped the Syrian state reassert control, the regime is centralizing religious authority away from communities. Their future relationship is hard to predict.
Though the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran share ideological commonalities and points of political convergence, several impediments stand in the way of deeper ties between them.