The Indonesian Muslim dilemma - how to define Islam

Recently, the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University of Indonesia in Yogyakarta issued a ban on the niqab.

The rector of the university, Professor Yudian Wahyudi, imposed the restriction on the Arabic-style dressing - a full veil which covers all parts of the female body except for the eyes - claiming that it was necessary to foster a "conducive academic climate".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2018, with the headline 'The Indonesian Muslim dilemma - how to define Islam'. Subscribe