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Goodbye Ahok, Hello “BTP”: Inside Indonesia’s Convoluted Politics
Goodbye Ahok, Hello “BTP”: Inside Indonesia’s Convoluted Politics

On January 24, 2019, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, formerly known by his nickname Ahok and now as “BTP,” was released from prison. What happens to him will tell us much about Indonesia’s political future.

Islamism: Contextualist or Essentialist? Or Both?
Islamism: Contextualist or Essentialist? Or Both?

In an excellent review of Shadi Hamid and Will McCants’ Rethinking Political Islam, Olivier Roy says there are generally two ways to think about Islamism: contextualist or essentialist.

Forgotten Christian History in Turkey: Review of Byzantium’s Other Empire: Trebizond
Forgotten Christian History in Turkey: Review of Byzantium’s Other Empire: Trebizond

While Turkey’s government turns former churches like Hagia Sophia Trebizond into mosques, Byzantium’s Other Empire: Trebizond helps preserve the past rather than obliterate it.

The Women’s March that Isn’t Happening: Looking to the Middle East and Reflections on the Misplacement of Outrage
The Women’s March that Isn’t Happening: Looking to the Middle East and Reflections on the Misplacement of Outrage

The problems of sexism and misogynist perceptions of women still exist in America, but they do not have established legal structures supporting them. In the Middle East, societal perceptions of women are just the tip of the iceberg.

Islamic Exceptionalism
For Better or For Worse?

Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism argues that Islam is far different from other religions in how it relates to governance, law, and the modern nation-state.