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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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Peace and Reconciliation?

Peace and Reconciliation?

From Violence to Coexistence

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(p.105) Chapter 5 Peace and Reconciliation?
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Violence and Vengeance
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Christopher R. Duncan

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451584.003.0005

This chapter links the discussion of the conflict with its aftermath by exploring how the conflict came to a close throughout the region and how various communities dealt with the return of displaced populations. After noting the more general patterns that signaled the end of the fighting, it examines efforts to reestablish relations between Muslim and Christian communities in one of the most contentious areas of the province, northern Halmahera. It juxtaposes official narratives of reconciliation with grassroots conceptions of peace and reconciliation, and how these terms are understood at the local level. It shows that while public discussion focused on the importance of reconciliation and on everyone's apparent desire to repair relations, in private people remained more ambivalent, even those who voiced strong support in public. Elite concerns with moving forward and forgetting were also at odds with local views on accountability, justice, and mistrust.

Keywords:   religious conflict, violence, North Maluku, Muslims, Christians, reconciliation, peace, Halmahera

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