May 2010

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Identity, Resistance and Liberation
Samden Ghale

In this article, a Nepalese participant at the 14-week School of Peace (SOP) conducted by Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF) in Bangalore, India, reflects on what she has discovered from the theme of the first module of the 2010 SOP, “Self, the Other and Community.” [Read more]

An Internal Struggle over Caste-Based Discrimination
Kathleen Cecille Martin

A SOP participant from the Philippines courageously confronts the feelings within herself in her reflection on the second SOP module, “Conflict, Violence and War.” [Read more]

Islamic Principles vs. Islamic State in Indonesia
Blake Respini and Herdi Sahrasad

The role of Islam in the ongoing political development of Indonesia and its role in forming the national identity of the country are some of the central topics discussed by the authors in this article. [Read more]

Freedom of Religion in Indonesia: Multiple Choices Not Short Answer

In this article published in Caveat by the Community Legal Aid Institute, or LBH Masyarakat, in Jakarta, the level of religious tolerance in the country is discussed in depth. Of particular concern is the persecution of the Ahmadiyya community and the constitutionality of the 1965 blasphemy law that is currently being reviewed by the Constitutional Court.

Indonesia’s Multicultural Islam in Action
Agung Yudhawiranata

Highlighted in this article is the Sekaten Festival on the island of Java that celebrates the birthday of the prophet Muhammad, a festival that weaves together both Islam and the local Javanese culture. [Read more]

Post-presidential Election Realities
A Ray of Hope for Detainees on Security Charges in the Far South?
Pratchaya Toe-e-tae

People in the three southernmost provinces of Thailand—Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala—have lived with violence nearly every day since 2004. The author of this article describes why the people of these provinces also feel that they also must deal with a discriminatory justice system as well. [Read more]

There’s Hope for Peace through Faith
Sanitsuda Ekachai

Respecting the moral responsibility inherent in Islam would lead to a different form of governance in Thailand to resolve both local and national problems in the country, according to this article. [Read more]

Celebrating Extraordinary Muslim Women
Salma Hasan Ali

The author describes the life and work of three Muslim women in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Pakistan as a way not only to recognize their achievements but to also counter the stereotypes often associated with Muslim women. [Read more]

Iranian Women Rally against Polygamy
Sahar Sepehri

Women’s organizations in Iran are fighting against enactment of a law currently being considered by Iran’s Parliament that will expand the ability of Iranian men to marry a second wife. [Read more]

Interfaith Human Rights Workshop Exposed to Moro Struggle
Bruce Van Voorhis

ICF held a workshop in August 2009 in the Philippines to discuss an issue that many ICF activists confront every day—human rights violations. In addition to learning about ways to respond to the ongoing denial of people’s rights in their communities, the setting of the workshop in Mindanao provided the participants with an opportunity to learn more about the decades of struggle of the Moro people—the Muslim community of the country—and to meet some of those whose lives have been impacted by the conflict between the government and the Moros. [Read more]

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