Race, Islam and Power: Ethnic and Religious Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia


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ISBN 9781925835090

Harsono, Andreas






Dimensions 15.3 × 23.4 cm


based Andreas Harsono is one of the most knowledgeable, experienced,
high-profile and courageous of reporters and commentators on contemporary
Indonesian society. Race, Islam and Power: Ethnic and Religious
Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia
is the result of Harsono’s fifteen
year project to document how, in post-Suharto Indonesia, race and religion have
come to be increasingly prevalent within the nation’s politics. From its
westernmost island of Sabang to its easternmost city of Merauke in West Papua,
from Miangas Island in the north, near the Philippines border, to Ndana Island,
close to the coast of Australia, Harsono reveals the particular cultural
identities and localised political dynamics of this internally complex and
riven nation.

This informed personal travelogue is essential reading for
Indonesia watchers and anyone seeking a better understanding of contemporary
Indonesia. A passionate seeker of human rights protections, civil liberties,
democracy, media freedom, multiculturalism and environmental protection,
Harsono reminds us that Indonesians `still have not found the light at the end
of the tunnel’.

About the author
Andreas Harsono, author of a number of books, began his career as a reporter for the Bangkok-based Nation and the Kuala Lumpur-based Star newspapers. In the 1990s he helped establish Jakartas Alliance of Independent Journalists and was a founder of the Jakarta-based Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information and of the South East Asia Press Alliance, in Bangkok. In 2003 he helped create the Pantau Foundation, a journalist training organisation also based in Jakarta, and since 2008 he has covered Indonesia for Human Rights Watch.

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