Christianity, Islam and Nationalism in Indonesia (Routledge by Charles E. Farhadian

By Charles E. Farhadian

Even supposing over 80 percentage of the rustic is Muslim, Indonesia is marked via a rare range in language, ancestry, tradition, faith and methods of existence. This e-book makes a speciality of the Christian Dani of West Papua, delivering a social and ethnographic background of crucial indigenous inhabitants within the stricken province. It provides a desirable assessment of the Dani’s conversion to Christianity, reading the social, spiritual and political makes use of to which they've got positioned their new faith. in keeping with self sufficient learn performed over decades one of the Dani humans, the e-book presents an abundance of latest fabric on spiritual and political occasions in West Papua. Underlining the guts of Christian-Muslim rivalries, the e-book questions the destiny of faith in late-modern occasions.

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The ideology behind Indonesian developmentalism was tied to the vision of Indonesianness that infused the rhetorical and developmental strategies of the nation. Dani, and other Papuan highland neighbors, became special targets of national ideologies and cultural projects, with the result that they were assigned positions as objects of development. With “unmistakable overtones of paternalism. . Javanese officials saw themselves on a ‘mission’ to ‘civilize’ backward (masih bodoh) [literally, ‘still stupid’], naked Papuans” (Gietzelt 1989: 205).

This is our expensive money. So the people thought that these people came to make us rich and so they were not our enemy. ” As missionaries later built airstrips and received copious goods delivered by Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) Cessnas and helicopters, Dani associated material blessings with Christian mission. The location of an airstrip came to be identified as “important influences on all future developments associated with the government and the missionaries,” becoming centers of mission outreach and community development (Hayward 1997: 94).

Then, second, they served the bananas the normal way. Elisa Gobay [a Papuan missionary from the Me tribe who assisted the first Western missionaries] with the other missionaries, picked the first gift of bananas. But, before they ate they cleaned the bananas off the stalk. Then, the missionaries ate just like normal people eat bananas. ” Then, the local people brought the green bananas for another test. The Western mission enterprise 15 They brought green and then yellow bananas. They served these to the group.

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