The State and Religious Violence in Indonesia: Minority Faiths and Vigilantism, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The State and Religious Violence in Indonesia

Minority Faiths and Vigilantism, 1st Edition

By A’an Suryana


192 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367248574
pub: 2019-08-26
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This book analyses the response of the Indonesian state to violence against Ahmadiyah and Shi’a minority communities by foregrounding the close connections between state officials and vigilante groups, which influenced the way the post-Soeharto democratic Indonesian governments addressed the problem of violence against religious minorities.

Arguing that the violence stemmed in part from the state officials’ close connection with vigilante groups, and a general tendency for the authorities to forge mutual and material interests with such groups, the author demonstrates that vigilante groups were able to perpetrate violence against the minority congregations with a significant degree of impunity. While the Indonesian state has become far more democratic, accountable and decentralized since 1998, the violence against Ahmadiyah and Shi’a communities shows a state that is still unwilling in assisting or allowing minority groups to practice their religion. The research undertaken for this book draws upon a lengthy period of ethnographic fieldwork in the communities of West Java and East Java. Research material includes in-depth interviews with community and religious leaders, state officials and security forces, and other prominent politicians.

A novel approach to the problem of Islam, violence and the state in Indonesia, the book will be of interest to researchers studying Southeast Asian Politics, Islam and Politics, Conflict Resolution, State and Violence, and Terrorism and Political Violence.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction; 2 Escalating Heresy Campaign against Ahmadiyah and Shi’a Communities; 3 State Official’s Entanglement with Vigilante Groups; 4 The Judiciary and the Law; 5 Local Bureaucrats; 6 The President; 7 Conclusion: State Capacity and Communal Violence against Minority Faiths

About the Author

A’an Suryana is a lecturer at the School of Government and Public Policy [SGPP], Indonesia.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Southeast Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies