REVIEW: How Indonesia’s political system has ‘failed’ minorities like Papuans
Race, Islam and Power: Ethnic and Religious Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia, by Andreas Harsono. Melbourne: Monash University Publishing. 2019. 288 pages. ISSN 978-1-925835-09-0.
THIS PASSIONATE book is something of a cross between an inspired political travelogue, journalistic catalogue of insights into suffering and a cathartic defence of human rights. Published on the eve of the Indonesian national elections on 17 April 2019 and barely a month after the Christchurch mosque massacre, from a Pacific perspective Race, Islam and Power is also an impeccably timed analysis of how the centralised political system has failed many of the country’s 264 million people – especially minorities and those at the margins, such as in West Papua.
Harsono, A. (2019). Personal communication with the author, Jakarta, 15 April 2019.
Jenderal di balik Jokowi-Prabowo dinilai sarat kepentigan (2019, April 12). CNN Indonesia. Retrieved from https://www.cnnindonesia.com/nasional/20190412182320-32-385833/jenderal-di-balik-jokowi-prabowo-dinilai-sarat-kepentingan
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