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

By Charles E. Farhadian

Even if over 80 percentage of the rustic is Muslim, Indonesia is marked via a rare variety in language, ancestry, tradition, faith and methods of existence. This ebook makes a speciality of the Christian Dani of West Papua, delivering a social and ethnographic heritage of an important indigenous inhabitants within the province. It offers a desirable review of the Dani’s conversion to Christianity, reading the social, spiritual and political makes use of to which they've got placed their new faith. in keeping with autonomous learn conducted over a long time one of the Dani humans, the booklet offers an abundance of latest fabric on non secular and political occasions in West Papua. Underlining the guts of Christian-Muslim rivalries, the publication questions the destiny of faith in late-modern occasions.

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On the ground level, as they encountered both Western missions and Indonesia’s New Order regime, upland Dani concomitantly confronted a variety of attempts and appeals to be converted to a particular vision of the new world. The Western mission enterprise 25 Ideals of the New Society The establishment of the New Order regime in 1966 embodied an explicit attempt to create a just and prosperous society, often called the “New Society” in Indonesian propaganda literature, invigorated by economic stability through aggressive development strategies and efforts to instill national unity upon Indonesia’s fissiparous population.

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).

However, Dani Christian women were still prohibited from occupying the most significant positions of leadership within the society. The impact of Western mission On the heels of the entrance of Western mission a new discourse within the Dani community emerged rapidly, on the one hand threatening the persistence of traditional authority structures and cosmologies, and, on the other hand, providing answers to the Dani longing for eternal life, human fulfillment, and hope for a better world. Religious revival continued long after the initial reception of mission Christianity.

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