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Violence and VengeanceReligious Conflict and Its Aftermath in Eastern Indonesia$
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Christopher R. Duncan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451584

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451584.001.0001

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From Ethnic Conflict to Holy War

From Ethnic Conflict to Holy War

(p.47) Chapter 3 From Ethnic Conflict to Holy War
Violence and Vengeance

Christopher R. Duncan

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at how an ethnic conflict over land between indigenous people and government-sponsored migrants came to be viewed as one that pitted Christians against Muslims. It moves beyond simply explaining this framing shift, and examines what exactly it meant for those taking part in the violence and how it influenced their actions. It then explores how the violence, with its new religious narrative, spread throughout the region. The shift in the master narrative of the conflict from being an ethnic one to being one based on religion was more than just a simple shift in classification. It had an impact on the way the conflict was fought, the way it was resolved, and the way it will be remembered. Understanding how this shift in coding took place, and the affect that it had, provides a better understanding of the conflict.

Keywords:   North Maluku, violence, ethnic conflict, indigenous people, migrants, Christians, Muslims, religious conflict

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