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De-Essentialising Violence in Indonesia: John Sidel’s ‘Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia’

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

De-Essentialising Violence in Indonesia
John Sidel, Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia
Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London, 2006
279 pgs. Paperback
Explaining communal, ethnic and religious violence via recourse to essentialised understandings of ethnic identity and cultural difference is about as silly and illogical as trying to explain corruption in terms of genetic [...]

The Long Road to Wisdom: Reading the Latest Rendition of the Javanese Classic, the Serat Centhini

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Soewito Santoso, The Centhini Story: The Javanese Journey of Life.
Being the translation of the Serat Centhini.
Marshall Cavendish, Singapore, 2006.
ISBN-13: 978-981-232-975-2
ISBN-10: 981-232-975-7
399 pages. Hardback.
Price: 550,000 Rupiah.
There are classics, and there are classics. Many a tome has vied for the coveted position of being labelled as such, but few works of literature can rightfully claim the honour [...]