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Indonesia's huge, diverse Muslim population could give it halal leadership

Models walk the runway during the Muslim Fashion Festival in Jakarta in May. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)

JAKARTA When a Muslim fashion brand here declared one of its product lines "Indonesia's first halal-certified headscarves" in February, Indonesian netizens had a field day.

After all, it is unusual for headscarves -- and clothing in general -- to be subject to Muslims' halal/haram scrutiny.

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