A Teacher Preaches

Deep within the Kremil neighborhood of Surabaya, past rows of dimly lit parlors fronted by slow-eyed prostitutes who stir only at the sight of potential customers, there is a two-story green building. On one side is a telephone center. On the other, a doorway marked by a rack piled deep with pairs of small shoes.

This is the Diniyah School, a religious study program for neighborhood kids run by Khoiron Syu'aib, 40, and funded mostly by the phone business. Wearing a white shirt, a white songkok on his head and a blue sarong, Syu'aib looks almost boyish aside from a thin mustache...

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