Harsh Realities behind the Jakarta Sheen Idrus F Shahab (Tempo Magazine)

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Date(s) - 29/08/2013
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Menzies Building 11 4th Floor, North Wing, Room N402


Dear friends and colleagues,

We are fortunate to host Idrus F Shahab as the speaker for our Centre of Southeast Asian Studies seminar to be held on Thursday, August 29. Please take careful note of the time and place for this seminar, which differ slightly from our normal routine.

Best regards,


Harsh Realities behind the Jakarta Sheen

Idrus F Shahab (Tempo Magazine)

Where? N402, 4thfloor, Menzies Building (bld. 11, Clayton Campus).

When? August 29, 11-12.30.

Our knowledge of urban lives and their physical surroundings is often more superficial than profound. Among skyscrapers and other symbols of modernity and progress in Jakarta, orang Betawi (indigenous Jakartans) were long unrecognized, until recently, when some of them began embracing a new kind of radicalism. The FPI (Islamic Defenders Front), an Islamic organization known for its tendency to commit violence in action programs, provides Betawi groups with ideological legitimacy for ransacking alcoholic beverage outlets, sex work activities, and other acts that according to Islamic teachings are sinful. This seminar paper will explore and examine these and related undercurrents and social realities that characterize today’s Jakarta.

Idrus F. Shahab

Idrus is currently Managing Editor of Tempo magazine, based in Jakarta. He started his career in Editor news-weekly magazine that, along with Tempo and Detik, was banned by the Soeharto government in 1994. After that Idrus joined Panji Masyarakat and Tajuk investigative magazines. In 2004 he won the award for best music criticism awarded by the Indonesian Music Foundation. He has written several articles on arts, religion, and politics and society.