Political Islam and Violence in Indonesia

By Zachary Abuza

© 2008 – Routledge

172 pages

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About the Book

Political Islam and Violence in Indonesia presents a penetrating new investigation of religious radicalism in the largest Muslim country in the world.

Indonesia is a country long known for its diversity and tolerant brand of Islam. However, since the fall of Suharto, a more intolerant form of Islam has been growing, one whose adherents have carried out terrorist attacks, waged sectarian war, and voiced strident anti-Western rhetoric.

Zachary Abuza’s unique analysis of radical Islam draws upon primary documents such as Jemaah Islamiyah’s operations manual, interviews, and recorded testimonies of politicians, religious figures, and known militants, as well as personal interviews with numerous security and intelligence experts in Indonesia and elsewhere, to paint a picture at once guardedly optimistic about the future of Indonesian democracy and concerned about the increasing role of conservative and radical Islam in Indonesian society.

This book will be of great interest to students of Indonesian politics, Asian studies, political violence and security studies in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Democratization and the Rise of Political Islam 3. Jemaah Islamiyah and Islamist Terrorism 4. Radical Muslim Groups and Islamist Militias 5. Common Motives, Divergent Methods: The Future of Islamism in Indonesia 6. Conclusion: Policy Implications

About the Author

Zachary Abuza is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Simmons College, Boston. He is a specialist in the Security and Politics of South-East Asia and is the author of Renovating Politics in Vietnam (Lynne Rienner, 2001) and Militant Islam in South-East Asia (Lynne Rienner, 2003).

About the Series

Asian Security Studies

Few regions of the world are fraught with as many security questions as Asia. Within this region it is possible to study great power rivalries, irredentist conflicts, nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation, secessionist movements, ethnoreligious conflicts and inter-state wars. This series publishes the best possible scholarship on the security issues affecting the region, and includes detailed empirical studies, theoretically oriented case studies and policy-relevant analyses as well as more general works.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies