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Book Review: Shi’ism in Southeast Asia

Shi’ism in Southeast Asia: ‘Alid Piety and Sectarian Constructions . Edited by Chiara Formichi and R. Michael Feener , 2015. Oxford University Press , 2015 . 397 pages. $65.00 (hardcover), $36.99 (e-book) This book review was first published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (2016). The article is available for free in pdf download from that site . In 2013, a major case was brought to the Indonesian Constitutional Court challenging the Blasphemy Law, which has often been used over the past decade to imprison people who are found to offend the orthodox teachings of Sunni Islam. This court case was brought by several Shi’ites, some of whom had been convicted for blaspheming Sunni Islamic teachings. The court case came in the wake of a recent rise in religious intolerance, condemnation, criminal convictions, and violence against the Shi’ite community in Sunni-majority Indonesia. Alt

UI UNSW Scholars Dialogue

On Monday, August 1, 2016, Universitas Indonesia and University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia held a collaborative scholars dialogue at Auditorium Soemadipradja & Taher (SnT), Faculty of Law, UI Campus, Depok. Twenty-four prominent scholars from UNSW and UI delivered their field of expertise at the event. The event was organized to implement the MOU between UI and UNSW. For UI's write up on the visit, see here .