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South-East Asia

Ramadan and Aidilfitri in Southeast Asia

The festival of Ramadan (Ramadhan, or Bulan Puasa in Malay) is an important event in the Muslim calendar, a time of personal reflection and bonding with one’s family. Muslims throughout Southeast Asia commemorate Ramadan by fasting throughout the daylight hours. Fasting is required of all capable Muslims, who must refrain from indulging base needs like eating and smoking while the ... Read More »

Asian Muslims start Ramadan; World Cup fever undiminished

Muslims in much of Asia began celebrating the holy month of Ramadan Sunday but in Indonesia even threats by hardliners to raid “sinful” bars could not stop football fans heading to nightspots to watch the World Cup. Across the Muslim world, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious during the holy month, which ends ... Read More »

Travel During Ramadan

Travel during Ramadan in Asia is actually enjoyable, interesting, and different. No, you probably won’t go hungry! Read on to learn how Ramadan travel may affect your trip in Asia. Ramadan is the Islamic holy month when all capable Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking, and smoking until sundown. Ramadan lasts for 29 to 30 days, depending on ... Read More »

Southeast Asia seen failing Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims

As Myanmar defends itself against allegations of state-sponsored persecution of its Rohingya Muslim minority, attention has turned to what neighboring countries are doing to protect Rohingya asylum seekers. International refugee rights organizations say a coordinated response is needed for what is a growing refugee crisis in the region. The mistreatment of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority, is consequential for neighboring ... Read More »

Southeast Asian Muslims for dummies

Republican Senator Kit Bond and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Lewis Simons seem a foreign policy version of Neil Simon’s Odd Couple. Bond’s record indicates he never met a war he didn’t like or a Muslim – or Islamofascist, as many of Bond’s supporters prefer – he did, while Simons writes for squishy publications such as National Geographic. Their book, The ... Read More »

Thai Muslims rally for peace in Narathiwat

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Muslims da’i (missionaries) from the five southern border provinces participated in the unprecedented da’wah (Islamic proselytizing) ceremony that took place at the Narathiwat Provincial Administration Organisation (NPAO) Football Field on June 8th. Fourth Army Commander Walit Rojanaphakdi, Narathiwat Governor Nattapong Sirichaichana and NPAO President Kuheng Yaworhasan also attended. “We understand that more than 80% of those living in this region ... Read More »

South East Asia – Muslim role model?

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My journey has taken me through Malaysia, southern Thailand and Indonesia, with short stops in Bangkok, Manila and Singapore. It is a region of great energy, colour and diversity. Some Muslims look to it as a possible role model – living proof that Islam and modernity are compatible. So, can South East Asia fulfil its potential? It seems to me ... Read More »

Islam in Southeast Asia

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Asia is home of 65 percent of the world’s Muslims, and Indonesia, in Southeast, is the world’s most populous Muslim country. This essay looks at the spread of Islam into Southeast Asia and how religious belief and expression fit with extant and modern polictical and economic infrastructures. It is difficult to determine where Islamic practice begins or ends in any ... Read More »

Southeast Asian Muslims Among World’s Most Devout

Southeast Asia’s Muslims can be confident that when it comes to some key beliefs they are among the most devout in the world. A Pew Research Center survey into the values, rituals and lifestyles of more than 35,000 Muslims around the world showed that the Muslims of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand were often among the most enthusiastic followers of some ... Read More »