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Indonesia: an eyewitness account. Includes index.
ISBN 0 670 88532 0. 1. Religion and social problems - Indonesia. 2. Religion and state - Indonesia. 3. Indonesia - Politics and government - 1998- . 4. Indonesia - Economic conditions 1945- . 5. Indonesia - Religion. I.Title. 959.8 www.pengmn.com.au
CONTENTS Map viii Author’s Note xi
Introduction . . 1 1 Java Days 4 2 Suharto’s Kingdom 14 3 The Ties That Bind 39 4 Dr Strangelove and the Brotherhood of Islam 63 5 Insulting the Sovereign: Communists, Subversives and Traitors 89 6 A Race Apart 115 7 The Asian Contagion 127 8 The May Revolution? 150 9 The Balkans of South-East Asia 173 10 East Timor 202 11 A Million Mutinies Now 231 Epilogue: In the Shadow of a Dictator 254 Acknowledgements 259 Index 263
AUTHOR’S NOTE I EMBARKED ON THIS PROJECT with the singular aim of writing
an accessible book on Indonesia - one that might reach as wide an