Race, Islam and Power (May 2019)
Race, Islam and Power is the result of Andreas Harsono’s fifteen year project to document how 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.
I have long anticipated a book that gives this kind of perspective on Indonesia: half journalistic, and half exploration through various literatures, woven together in a narrative resembling a travelogue.
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Andreas Harsono is the author of a number of books and began his career as a reporter. Since 2008 he has covered Indonesia for Human Rights Watch.
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