This concluding chapter summarizes and elaborates on some of the main points discussed throughout the book, particularly those relating to the issues of religion, violence, and vernacular memory. One of the main goals was to illustrate that discussing how North Moluccans perceived the violence to be about religious differences does not require that we fall back on essentialism or notions of primordialism. It concludes by briefly revisiting the argument for the importance of taking into account local understandings and explanations of the conflict. It ends with some final thoughts on how understanding vernacular memories of conflict might assist efforts at peace and reconciliation.
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