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Decoding IndonesiaDecoding Indonesia by Widjaja, Sendy

This book, richly illustrated with 168 paintings by Erica Hestu Wahyuni, is about the journey of Indonesia as a country. Using art philosophy, it considers the historical journey from the perspectives of sociology, psychology, arts and business. Trilingual in English, Bahasa Indonesia, and Chinese.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #08: Rowing Against The Tide? Batam's Economic Fortunes In Today's IndonesiaTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #08: Rowing Against The Tide? Batam's Economic Fortunes In Today's Indonesia by Hutchinson, Francis E.

Despite its good infrastructure and proximity to Singapore, Batam's economic performance has taken a turn for the worse, with declining levels of foreign direct investment and exports. This volume examines the reasons for the decline and the recent measures taken, including reducing red tape, fighting corruption, and improving the islands' infrastructure.

Political And Legal Transformations Of An Indonesian Polity: The Nagari From Colonisation To DecentralisationPolitical And Legal Transformations Of An Indonesian Polity: The Nagari From Colonisation To Decentralisation by Von Benda-Beckmann, Franz

Political and Legal Transformations of an Indonesian Polity is a long-term study of the historical transformations of the Minangkabau polity of nagari, property relations and the ever-changing dynamic relationships between Minangkabau matrilineal adat law, Islamic law and state law. While the focus is on the period since the fall of President Suharto in 1998, the book charts a long history of political and legal transformations before and after Indonesia's independence, in which the continuities are as notable as the changes. It also throws light on the transnational processes through which legal and political ideas spread and acquire new meanings. The multi-temporal historical approach adopted is also relevant to the more general discussions of the relationship between anthropology and history, the creation of customary law, identity construction, and the anthropology of colonialism.

Islam And Democracy In Indonesia: Tolerance Without LiberalismIslam And Democracy In Indonesia: Tolerance Without Liberalism by Menchik, Jeremy

Indonesia's Islamic organizations sustain the country's thriving civil society, democracy, and reputation for tolerance amid diversity. Yet scholars poorly understand how these organizations envision the accommodation of religious difference. What does tolerance mean to the world's largest Islamic organizations? What are the implications for democracy in Indonesia and the broader Muslim world? Jeremy Menchik argues that answering these questions requires decoupling tolerance from liberalism and investigating the historical and political conditions that engender democratic values. Drawing on archival documents, ethnographic observation, comparative political theory, and an original survey, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia demonstrates that Indonesia's Muslim leaders favor a democracy in which individual rights and group-differentiated rights converge within a system of legal pluralism, a vision at odds with American-style secular government but common in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

Islamic Populism In Indonesia And The Middle EastIslamic Populism In Indonesia And The Middle East by Hadiz, Vedi R.

In a novel approach to the field of Islamic politics, this provocative new study compares the evolution of Islamic populism in Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, to the Middle East. Utilising approaches from historical sociology and political economy, Vedi R. Hadiz argues that competing strands of Islamic politics can be understood as the product of contemporary struggles over power, material resources and the result of conflict across a variety of social and historical contexts. Drawing from detailed case studies across the Middle East and Southeast Asia, the book engages with broader theoretical questions about political change in the context of socio-economic transformations and presents an innovative, comparative framework to shed new light on the diverse trajectories of Islamic politics in the modern world.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #07: The Traditionalist Response To Wahhabi-Salafism In BatamTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #07: The Traditionalist Response To Wahhabi-Salafism In Batam by Norshahril Saat

The rise of Wahhabi-Salafi ideology in neighbouring Batam is causing concern in Singapore. There are worries that some Singapore Muslims are being radicalized by Batam's Islamic radio station Hang FM, which openly promotes Wahhabi-Salafi teachings. This article argues that Batam Muslims are non-violent traditionalists in their orientation, and key religious leaders from the state have come out against Wahhabi-Salafis anti-pluralist ideas.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #06: Old Stereotypes, New Convictions: Pribumi Perceptions Of Ethnic Chinese In Indonesia TodayTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #06: Old Stereotypes, New Convictions: Pribumi Perceptions Of Ethnic Chinese In Indonesia Today by Herlijanto, Johanes

Despite improvements in the position of ethnic Chinese in the reformasi era, critical and negative perceptions of them persist among prominent pribumi personalities, particularly in recent years. At the same time, there are others, including politicians affiliated with pro-government political parties, high-ranking officials, leaders of NGOs sympathetic to President Jokowi, as well as advocates of multiculturalism (many of whom are scholars and Muslim leaders), who believe that Chinese Indonesians are first and foremost Indonesians. The evidence they cite to support this belief varies, from past heroic actions by ethnic Chinese to the identity constructs of Chinese Indonesians, which is usually based on Indonesia or some Indonesian region.

Toraja: Misadventures Of An Anthropologist In Sulawesi, IndonesiaToraja: Misadventures Of An Anthropologist In Sulawesi, Indonesia by Barley, Nigel

In 1985, Dr. Nigel Barley, senior anthropologist at The British Museum, set off for the relatively unknown Indonesian island of Sulawesi in search of the Toraja, a people whose culture includes headhunting, transvestite priests and the massacre of buffalo. In witty and finely crafted prose, Barley offers fascinating insight into the people of Sulawesi and he recounts the tale of the four Torajan woodcarvers he invites back to London to construct an Indonesian rice barn in The British Museum.

Naturalist's Guide To The Reptiles And Amphibians Of BaliNaturalist's Guide To The Reptiles And Amphibians Of Bali by Ruchira Somaweera

This easy-to-use identification guide to the 89 reptile and amphibian species of Bali is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High-quality photographs from the region's top nature photographers, are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits, occurrence and whether they are dangerous. The user-friendly introduction covers conservation, how to deal with snake bites, identification of body parts and a glossary. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the reptiles of Bali encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific names.

Digital Indonesia: Connectivity And DivergenceDigital Indonesia: Connectivity And Divergence by Jurriens, Edwin; Ross Tapsell (Eds.)

This book places Indonesia at the forefront of the global debate about the impact of "disruptive" digital technologies. Digital technology is fast becoming the core of life, work, culture and identity. Yet, while the number of Indonesians using the internet has followed the upward global trend, some groups - the poor, the elderly, women, the less well-educated, people living in remote communities - are disadvantaged. This interdisciplinary collection of essays by leading researchers and scholars, as well as e-governance and e-commerce insiders, examines the impact of digitalisation on the media industry, governance, commerce, informal sector employment, education, cybercrime, terrorism, religion, artistic and cultural expression, and much more.

Digital Indonesia: Connectivity And DivergenceDigital Indonesia: Connectivity And Divergence by Jurriens, Edwin; Ross Tapsell (Eds.)

This book places Indonesia at the forefront of the global debate about the impact of "disruptive" digital technologies. Digital technology is fast becoming the core of life, work, culture and identity. Yet, while the number of Indonesians using the internet has followed the upward global trend, some groups - the poor, the elderly, women, the less well-educated, people living in remote communities - are disadvantaged. This interdisciplinary collection of essays by leading researchers and scholars, as well as e-governance and e-commerce insiders, examines the impact of digitalisation on the media industry, governance, commerce, informal sector employment, education, cybercrime, terrorism, religion, artistic and cultural expression, and much more.

Sovereign Women In A Muslim Kingdom: The Sultanahs Of Aceh, 1641-1699Sovereign Women In A Muslim Kingdom: The Sultanahs Of Aceh, 1641-1699 by Sher Banu. A. L. Khan

The Islamic kingdom of Aceh was ruled by queens for half of the 17th century. Was female rule an aberration? Unnatural? A violation of nature, comparable to hens instead of roosters crowing at dawn? Indigenous texts and European sources offer different evaluations. Drawing on both sets of sources, this book shows that female rule was legitimised both by Islam and adat (indigenous customary laws), and provides original insights on the Sultanah's leadership, their relations with male elites, and their encounters with European envoys who visited their court. The book challenges received views on kingship in the Malay world and the response of indigenous polities to east-west encounters in Southeast Asia's Age of Commerce.

Bali Living: Innovative Tropical DesignBali Living: Innovative Tropical Design by Francione, Gianni; Kim Inglis

This comprehensive interior design book showcases the best in Balinese architecture with over 280 photographs and insightful commentary. Bali Living is a unique selection of 21 cutting-edge private homes, rental properties, restaurant and wedding facilities, a sports complex and villas. Traditional Balinese compound architecture is evident throughout, but most of the buildings included are contemporary structures that reinterpret old forms and materials in new and exciting ways.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #02: Investigating The Popularity Of Surabaya's Mayor Tri RismahariniTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #02: Investigating The Popularity Of Surabaya's Mayor Tri Rismaharini by Fionna, Ulla

Indonesia's decentralization and direct local elections have produced several credible popular local leaders. One of them is Surabaya's mayor, Tri Rismaharini (Risma), who gained much attention for her impressive work ethics and her commitment in improving the city. Examination on the perception and support for her policies on cleanliness, the closure of Dolly (Surabaya's main red light district) and the management of education reveals that Risma is perceived as a capable leader. Risma's success in Surabaya showcases an effective combination between an electorate that is politically savvy and a bold local leader with a clear and sustained focus in the implementation of her policies.

Sovereignty And The Sea: How Indonesia Became An Archipelagic StateSovereignty And The Sea: How Indonesia Became An Archipelagic State by Butcher, John G.; R. E. Elson

Until the mid-1950s nearly all of the sea between the far-flung islands of the Indonesian archipelago was open to ships of all nations, but in 1957, the Indonesian government declared that it had absolute sovereignty over all the waters lying within straight baselines drawn between the outermost islands of Indonesia. In this single step, Indonesia made its lands and seas a unified entity for the first time, a claim formally recognized in 1982 by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Sovereignty and the Sea explores how Indonesia succeeded in its extraordinary claim despite its low international profile. John G. Butcher and R. E. Elson reveal that at the heart of Indonesia's archipelagic campaign was a small group of Indonesian diplomats whose dogged persistence, negotiating skills, and willingness to make difficult compromises resulted in Indonesia becoming the greatest archipelagic state in the world.

Snow Over SurabayaSnow Over Surabaya by Barley, Nigel

Not many British schoolgirls have grown up to become revolutionary heroes of distant, eastern nations but Muriel Stewart Walker did just that. Under a multitude of different names - 'K'tut Tantri' and 'Surabaya Sue' being the best know - she joined in the struggle for Indonesian independence after the Second World War and broadcast its revolutionary message to the world on Rebel Radio. She went on to become an intimate of the revolutionary leaders and finally lived to see Indonesia take its place amongst the free nations of the world. Glaswegian 'Surabaya Sue' is virtually unknown in the West and, even in Indonesia, there have always been doubts about her version of events that many have dismissed outright as a blatant mixture of outrageous fantasy and dishonest omissions. Snow over Surabaya happily embraces those doubts and brings a new, spirited account of her adventures in that tempestuous world.

Indonesia And Not, Poems And Otherwise: Anecdotes ScatteredIndonesia And Not, Poems And Otherwise: Anecdotes Scattered by Lane, Max

A collection of poems, vignettes and short stories set in Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia between 1969 and today.

Contemporary Indonesian Art: Artists, Art Spaces, And CollectorsContemporary Indonesian Art: Artists, Art Spaces, And Collectors by Speilmann, Yvonne

This book is a comprehensive introduction to the country's key artists, curators, institutions, and collectors. It demonstrates how early artists broke from colonial and post-colonial power structures and shows how today's artists grapple with issues of identity, globalization, and nation-building in Indonesia. The survey crosses ethnic, cultural, and religious boundaries, combining the traditional (batik, woodcut, dance, and Javanese shadow puppet theater) with the contemporary (comics and manga, graffiti, and advertising). Taken together, it is a powerful argument for why Indonesia is becoming a major force in the international art community.

Archipelago: A Journey Across IndonesiaArchipelago: A Journey Across Indonesia by Burnet, Ian

Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago nation, comprising over 17,000 islands. It is the most culturally diverse nation, containing an extraordinary melange of races, religions, languages, and cultures. In this book, author Ian Burnet takes a journey across the archipelago. He intertwines the history and geography, as well as the many races, languages, and cultures that make up a country whose motto is "Unity in Diversity." Traveling by bus, train, plane, and motorcycle, from Java to Timor, Burnet hops from island to island across the archipelago. He traces the history of the early Malay people and the influence of Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. He discovers the heritage of the Indians, Chinese, and Arabs trading in spice and sandalwood and follows the rise of Islam. Burnet traces of the first Europeans to enter Asia - the early Portuguese and priests. Illustrated with photographs and historical maps, this book takes the reader on a personal journey through geographic space and historical time.

Cigarette GirlCigarette Girl by Kumala, Ratih

Savour the familiar scent of clove and tobacco ... for this is the aroma of Indonesia s history. Soeraja is dying. On his deathbed he calls for Jeng Yah, a woman who is not his wife. His three sons, Lebas, Karim and Tegar heirs to Kretek Djagad Raja, Indonesia s largest clove cigarette empire are shocked, and their mother is consumed by jealousy. So begins the brothers search into the deepest recesses of Java for Jeng Yah, to fulfil their father s dying wish and to learn the truth about the family business and its secrets. Cigarette Girl is more than just a love story and the soul-searching journey of three brothers. Set on the island of Java the story follows the evolution of a family s kretek, or clove cigarette, business from its birth in the Dutch East Indies of the early 1940s, and it takes readers through three generations of Indonesian history, from the Dutch colonial era to the Japanese occupation, the struggle for independence and the bloody coup of 1965 in which half a million Indonesians were hunted down and killed. Rich in detail, with characters who struggle to right the wrongs of past generations, their relationships torn apart by the viciousness of revolution and politics, Cigarette Girl introduces readers to the history of Indonesia through clove cigarettes and unrequited love.