Dieng celebrates traditional Javanese culture, and tolerance

In the Dieng Plateau, local traditions are preserved and Islamic beliefs are practiced. Locals say the combination is essential to their identity.

By Zahara Tiba for Khabar Southeast Asia in Dieng, Central Java

July 14, 2012


The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) does not represent Muslims.

Photo Essay

 Worshippers read from the Qur'an at Jakarta's Istiqlal Grand Mosque on May 4th, as part of "One Day One Juz", a programme that encourages Muslims to live by Islam's holy book. More than 90% of Indonesia's 250 million people are moderate Muslims. [Adek Berry/AFP]

Hardliners threaten tolerance in Indonesia

Indonesia's tradition of moderate, tolerant Islam is under threat by hard-line groups who are imposing their conservative views on others and intimidating religious minorities.