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Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia

Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia

Colloquium with Dr. John Sidel, University of London

Tuesday, March 02, 2004
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The past few years have witnessed the emergence of so-called experts on "terrorism" in Southeast Asia, who attribute the bombings in Indonesia since 2000 to a shadowy Islamist network known as Jemaah Islamiyah. John Sidel's forthcoming book, Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia, by contrast, situates these bombings against the broader backdrop of religious violence in Indonesia since the 1990s. Sidel argues that a narrow focus on "terrorists" and an excessive reliance on official sources prevent us from understanding and explaining the complex pattern of violence observed in Indonesia over the past decade, in terms of timing, location, forms of agency and mobilization, choice of targets, and consequences. Only through comparative historical and sociological analysis of the place of Islam in the public sphere in Indonesia can we understand shifts in the forms of violence witnessed in the country since the mid-1990s.

John Sidel is a Reader in Southeast Asian Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of Capital, Coercion, and Crime: Bossism in the Philippines (Stanford 1999), Philippine Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century: Colonial Legacies, Post-Colonial Trajectories (with Eva-Lotta Hedman, Routledge 2000), and a forthcoming book on religious violence in Indonesia. He is currently on research leave under the auspices of a British Academy Research Readership.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies