Dilema Pengungsi di Timur Tengah

Saat mengunjungi Lebanon beberapa tahun silam, saya sempatkan mampir ke sebuah kawasan yang dihuni banyak pengungsi. Di sini , pengungsi tersebar di sejumlah daerah: Homs, Jabal Saman,...

The Refugee Dilemma in the Middle East

When visiting Lebanon several years ago, I stopped by an area where there were many refugees. Here (in Lebanon but also Syria), refugees are spread across a...

About Qatar

Qatar's social history is full of intrigue, conflict and violence, in stark contrast to the contemporary image of Qatar as relatively devoid of communal...

Religious Studies in Higher Education

Can Perguruan Tinggi (PT) Islam (Islamic Higher Education) in Indonesia become a pioneer in studying non-Islamic religions and non-Muslim societies? It is interesting to question...

Religious Tolerance in the United Arab Emirates

The UAE is now known as a very tolerant country. An important lesson that can be drawn from the UAE is that in order...

Middle East, Religion and Religiosity

Why do some people in the Middle East become atheists? The phenomenon of atheism in the Middle East is actually the same as the...

Studi Agama di Perguruan Tinggi

Menarik untuk dipertanyakan dan direnungkan: mengapa ada banyak perguruan tinggi (PT) non-Islam, khususnya yang berafiliasi Kristen dan Yahudi, yang memiliki program studi (progdi), jurusan,...

Toleransi Agama di Uni Emirat Arab

Di antara negara-negara di Timur Tengah (Timteng) yang mayoritas berpenduduk muslim, Uni Emirat Arab (UEA) termasuk yang sangat menarik untuk dicermati. Meskipun dari aspek...

Ateisme di Timteng?

Jagat maya Indonesia belakangan ramai membicarakan fenomena ateisme di Timur Tengah (Timteng), khususnya negara-negara Arab, karena laporan sebuah media yang mengutip hasil polling, survei,...

Rumitnya Hadis

Dibanding dengan Al-Qur’an, seluk-beluk, sejarah, konten, dan pluralitas Hadis (perkataan Nabi Muhammad) jauh lebih rumit. Hadis itu cem-macem. Berbeda dengan Al-Qur'an, ada banyak buku...

Studying Secular Sciences in the Middle East

For most Indonesians, education in the Middle East, especially higher education, is associated with "Islamic education". What is meant by "Islamic education" here is...

Taliban, Afghanistan, and Indonesia

A number of religious groups and members of the political elite in Indonesia seem to be rejoicing at the success of the Taliban military...

Prospects of Interreligious Relations in Saudi Arabia and Indonesia

At a time when Indonesia is undergoing serious tests and challenges regarding the development of inter-religious and intra-religious relations lately, Saudi Arabia has even...

Malaysia and Indonesia in the Eyes of the Middle East Arab...

There is a striking difference in the perception of the Arab community, especially in the Gulf Arab region, which is a rich and prosperous...

Wealth, Power and Religion

Among Indonesian people, a popular adage goes “harta, tahta dan wanita” . These three things are considered as factors that, if not approached wisely,...