Two American Fears: Islamophobia and Homophobia

ALI ALTAF MIAN

This moment presents both difficulties and opportunities for analyzing the intersections of Islamophobia and homophobia. By historicizing the emergence of each, we gain analytical clarity about the complex negotiations of identity, never static but always becoming.

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ACI Indonesia – Women Strengthening Pluralist Co-Existence in Contemporary Indonesia: Analyzing the Role of Komnas Perempuan and the Koalisi Perempuan

FARSIJANA ADENEY-RISAKOTTA AND NELLY VAN DOORN-HARDER

The battles these women had waged for legal, religious, economic, social, and other forms of equality since the 1980s had started to bear fruit; new opportunities had opened to women, and debates about their legal rights had reached the public press and political platforms. Read the full article »

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ACI Indonesia – Changing Dynamics of Peaceful Coexistence in Lombok: Contending Authorities and Muslim-Hindu-Christian Relations

MOHAMAD ABDUN NASIR

Located in northwestern Lombok, the capital of West Nusa Tenggara province, Mataram, is perhaps the island’s most dynamic location for the unfolding of inter-religious engagement, competition, and potential conflict. Mataram offers some examples of inter-religious convergence and harmony. Nevertheless, conflicts and violence have occurred. Read the full article »

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What’s ethical about popular casuistry?

KYLE LAMBELET

Lynch’s proposal strikes me as potentially quite fruitful as a mode of ethical and political analysis. She not only retrieves the notion of casuistry, but develops it as a lens to understand the everyday ethics of humanitarian actors. To harvest these fruits, however, I want to encourage Lynch to further clarity about the conceptual work that casuistry does in her research. Read the full article »

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Religious humanitarians and the challenges of history

ATALIA OMER

Lynch’s research is to be celebrated for the ways it foregrounds and explicates the importance of interrogating the discursive formations that inform religious ethics and popular casuistry. Her neo-Weberian framing allows for an elastic lens through which to examine the intersections of neoliberal and (African) orientalist discourses in the diffusion and praxis of the technocratic donor-driven apparatus of humanitarianism and development work. Read the full article »

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ACI Indonesia – Rebranding Islam: Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, and the Making of “Moderate Islam”

JAMES B. HOESTEREY

During the years following 9/11, Indonesia’s foreign ministry promoted Indonesia as the model for “moderate Islam.” More recently, in the wake of the Arab Uprisings, Indonesia sponsored several workshops with Egyptian and Tunisian politicians and civil society leaders in order to “share lessons” from Indonesia’s democratic transition from authoritarian rule. Further still, Indonesia has tried to reposition itself as a global peace broker within the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), most recently hosting OIC’s Extraordinary Summit for a just solution in Palestine. Read the full article »

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ACI Africa – Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality in Ivory Coast

LUDOVIC LADO

Sub-Saharan African societies, described as community-oriented, are often compared with Western societies pictured as individualistic. But this simplistic divide can be misleading. The postcolonial predicament in Sub-Saharan Africa is a complex conundrum that encapsulates various dialectical processes involving the constant renegotiation of the relations between community and the individual, belonging and autonomy, submission and rebellion, authority and autonomy. Read the full article »

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