The Father of Indonesian Painting — Photo Essay on Qantara de

Raden Saleh spent many years – the “best of his life” – in Germany. In the mid-19th century, the Javan artist became one of the founders of German Orientalism. Raden Saleh (1811 – 1880) was the first Asian to be trained in the art of painting in Europe. The exotic and talented artist became one…

Photo Essay: Welcoming a New Baby in Rural Indonesia @Simergphotos

From birth recovery to welcoming a new baby, post-pregnancy rituals vary around the world. This photo essay looks at the cultural traditions around birth in a rural Muslim community in Indonesia. Please click Infant Care Customs in Indonesia. Please click for photo essay. Photo Credit: Wellcome Images. ->>>>><<<<<-

Renewables: Indonesia, Germany team on geothermal energy – Deutsche Welle News

Indonesia is said to have the world’s largest geothermal energy reserves but their potential remains mostly untapped. That could soon change with German know-how. With 240 million people, Indonesia is the biggest and fastest growing market in Southeast Asia. And as the country’s economy grows, so, too, does its demand for electricity. President Susilo Bambang…

Integrated Islamic Schools in Indonesia: Secular Subjects within a Religious Framework – By Karen Bryner at Qantara de

A market for Islamic schools has opened up among Indonesia’s growing middle class. Their graduates are very likely to become some of Indonesia’s future political leaders, social activists, academics and business-people. Karen Bryner reports The Qur’an as the ultimate source of knowledge: Qura’nic reading instruction at a JSIT primary school Integrated Islamic schools are one…

Clerics and monks preach an ecological message –DW World de News

The impact of climate change can be felt all over Indonesia from coral reefs to cities Every week during Friday prayers, Muslim clerics in Indonesia spread the message of “Green Islam” in a bid to raise awareness about climate change. In Thailand, Buddhist monks have been fighting to prevent deforestation. Rising sea levels, torrential rains,…

Inter-Faith Studies in Indonesia: ‘Patient Bridge-Builders’

Source: Qantara.de ***** The Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies brings together students from a Muslim, Christian and secular university and promotes dialogue with members of other faiths and non-believers. Anett Keller reports from Yogyakarta Headscarves alongside loose flowing hair, batik shirts alongside polo shirts: The students at the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies come from…

Indonesian Economist New Head of ADB’s Office of Regional Integration

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Dr. Iwan Jaya Azis, an Indonesian national with over 33 years experience as an economist and academic, has been named the new Head of Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Office of Regional Economic Integration (OREI). Dr. Azis, who is currently Director of Graduate Study for Regional Science at Cornell University, has collaborated with…

Indonesia: “Freedom of Religion Must Also Apply to Minorities” – Interview with Franz Magnis-Suseno

Franz Magnis-Suseno is a German-born Jesuit Priest and professor of philosophy in Indonesia. In this interview with Anett Keller, the naturalised Indonesian citizen talks about Indonesia’s anti-pornography law, religious tolerance, and the definition of blasphemy : Tireless advocate for religious tolerance: the Jesuit priest and professor of philosophy Franz Magnis-Suseno A series of developments in…