Category: Jeremy Menchik

Why are more Indonesians favoring Shariah?

Deutsche Welle Jeremy Menchik A significant proportion of the Indonesian population supports the implementation of Islamic law, Shariah, in the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian nation, a nationwide study recently found… “Indonesians are part of the global Islamic revival, which is a trend toward increasing religiosity and social identification with Islam…” View full article

Is Indonesia’s ‘pious democracy’ safe from Islamic extremism?

The Conversation by Jeremy Menchik, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “In May, the governor of Jakarta, Indonesia – a Christian – was convicted for blasphemy against religion and sentenced to two years in prison…” View full article.   

When the Netherlands Had a Muslim-Majority Empire

The Atlantic Jeremy Menchik, Pardee School of Global Studies & College and Graduate School of Arts and Science “Perhaps the key question hanging over Wednesday’s parliamentary elections in the Netherlands is whether the right-wing, anti-Islam Freedom Party can finally cement its place as a national political powerhouse…” Expert quote: “The polemics that come out from […]

What’s behind Indonesia’s executions of drug traffickers?

Christian Science Monitor Jeremy Menchik, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Indonesia executed four people, including three foreigners, by firing squad on Friday in the latest round of executions for drug offenses carried out by the government… Expert quote: “There’s been a moral panic for a couple of years now about […]

Why some countries are immune to Islamic radicalization

World Politics Journal Jeremy Menchik, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies The modern world is rife with radical and violent manifestations of Islam. Many Muslim countries face violent insurgencies from extremists, as these groups continue to strengthen, expand, and proliferate… Expert quote: “Indonesia provides strong evidence that if you allow Islamic […]

Transgender Muslims Find a Home for Prayer in Indonesia

New York Times (subscription required) Jeremy Menchik, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies As the call to prayer boomed over this midsize university town on a recent Sunday evening, rows of conservatively dressed Muslim women laid out their prayer mats, bowed toward Mecca and murmured prayers in Arabic… Expert quote: “The […]

Amnesty slams Indonesia’s ‘oppressive’ blasphemy laws

Deutsche Welle Jeremy Minchik, College of Arts & Sciences A new report by Amnesty International accuses Indonesia of upholding blasphemy laws which the rights group views as fueling harassment, intimidation and attacks against religious minorities in the Southeast Asian nation… Expert quote: “Yet Indonesia is unusual in that the law is extended to prosecute heresy […]