Mysticism as Deviant Religion

Case Name: Selong District Court Criminal Case of Amaq Bakri

Case Synopsis: In May 2010, a District Court in Selong, Indonesia, charged Amaq Bakri with the offense of “insulting a religion.” Amaq Bakri, a 70-year old Muslim farmer from East Lombok, had claimed to have received revelations from the Angel Gabriel and to have visited heaven on several occasions. The court sentenced Amaq Bakri to one year in prison. This case module originated in the work of Kari Telle.

Image of bird cages in Indonesia, courtesy of Kari Telle


Fatwa (Islamic Legal Opinion)

Surat Keputusan Fatwa Dewan Pimpinan Majelis Ulama Indonesia, Kabupaten Lombok Timur, No. 11/DPK/


Faith on Trial: Blasphemy and ‘Lawfare’ in Indonesia

Kari Telle, “Faith on Trial: Blasphemy and ‘Lawfare’ in Indonesia,” Ethnos 83:2 (2018), 371-391.



Constitutionality and Blasphemy Law

Melissa A. Crouch, “Law and Religion in Indonesia: The Constitutional Court and the Blasphemy Law: Asian Journal of Comparative Law,” Asian Journal of Comparative Law 7, no. 1 (April 29, 2012): 1–46.

Religious Pluralism in Indonesia

Julia D. Howell, “Muslims, the New Age and Marginal Religions in Indonesia: Changing Meanings of Religious Pluralism,” Social Compass 52, no. 4 (December 1, 2005): 473–93.

Survey of Theories about Secularism and "Making Religion"

Arvind-Pal S. Mandair and Markus Dressler, “Introduction: Modernity, Religion-Making, and the Postsecular,” in Secularism and Religion-Making, eds. Markus Dressler & Arvind-Pal S. Mandair (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011): 3-36.