Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 2  Anut Grubyuk in the Voting Process: The Neglected Explanation of Javanese Voters (Preliminary Findings) Wawan Sobari* * Department of Political Science, Brawijaya University, Jl. Veteran Malang 65145, East Java, Indonesia e-mail: wawansobari[at]ub.ac.id DOI: 10.20495/seas.5.2_239 The “Javanese factor” is a strategic consideration in Indonesian electoral politics, as the Javanese are Indonesia’s most numerous inhabitants. However, seminal masterpieces such as those by Geertz (1960) and Gaffar (1992) apply only a limited and individual-based voting approach in their efforts to explain Javanese voting behavior. Recent qualitative case studies explore anut grubyuk (fitting in) as a unique form of grouped rural Javanese voting behavior, rooted in the Javanese communal […]

Vol.5, No.1, MIICHI

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1 Looking at Links and Nodes: How Jihadists in Indonesia Survived Miichi Ken* * 見市 建, Faculty of Policy Studies, Iwate Prefectural University, 152-51 Sugo, Takizawa City, Iwate 020-0693, Japan e-mail: miichi[at]iwate-pu.ac.jp The major militant Islamist network in Indonesia, comprising the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and its associated groups, was believed to have been responsible for dozens of violent incidents after 2000, including the Bali bombings of 2002 and 2005. Generally JI sympathized with al-Qaeda’s ideology, openly supported al-Qaeda and other militant ideologues by translating and publishing their work in Indonesia, and sent hundreds of fighters (mujahidin) to Afghanistan for training. The Indonesian militant Islamist groups were not […]

Vol.4, No.3, ARAI

Contents>> Vol. 4, No. 3 Jakarta “Since Yesterday”: The Making of the Post-New Order Regime in an Indonesian Metropolis Arai Kenichiro* * 新井健一郎, Faculty of International Social Studies, Kyoai Gakuen University, 1154-4 Koyaharamachi, Maebashi-shi, Gunma 379-2192, Japan e-mail: kenichiroarai[at]hotmail.com This paper is an attempt to explore the features of Indonesia’s post-New Order regime in terms of the reorganization of the spatial, economic, and socio-political order in the Jabodetabek region. Although buoyant property investments in the last seven to eight years significantly changed the skyline of the metropolis, this paper reveals that the basic pattern did not alter after the regime change, with major developers taking control of vast areas of […]

Vol.4, No.3, CHANDRA

Contents>> Vol. 4, No. 3 Blossoming Dahlia: Chinese Women Novelists in Colonial Indonesia Elizabeth Chandra* *Department of Politics, Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan; Socio-Cultural Research Institute, Ryukoku University, 1-5 Yokotani, Seta Oe-cho, Otsu, Shiga 520-2194, Japan e-mail: ec54[at]cornell.edu In the early decades of the twentieth century in colonial Indonesia, one witnessed the proliferation of novels in which women were thematized as the femme fatale. These novels were written largely by male novelists as cautionary tales for girls who had a European-style school education and therefore were perceived to be predisposed to violating customary gender norms in the pursuit of personal autonomy. While such masculinist responses to women […]

Vol.4, No.3, CHONG

Contents>> Vol. 4, No. 3 Local Politics and Chinese Indonesian Business in Post-Suharto Era Wu-Ling Chong* *鍾武凌, Department of South East Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia e-mail: chong.wu.ling[at]um.edu.my; chong.wu.ling[at]gmail.com This article examines the relationships between the changes and continuities of Indonesian local politics and Chinese Indonesian business practices in the post-Suharto era, focusing on Chinese Indonesian businesses in two of the largest Indonesian cities, Medan and Surabaya. The fall of Suharto in May 1998 led to the opening up of a democratic and liberal space as well as the removal of many discriminatory measures against the Chinese minority. However, due […]

Vol.4, No.2 Sumanto

Contents>> Vol. 4, No. 2 Christianity and Militancy in Eastern Indonesia: Revisiting the Maluku Violence Sumanto Al Qurtuby* * Department of General Studies, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, 31261, Saudi Arabia e-mail: squrtuby[at]gmail.com During the Maluku interreligious violence from 1999 to 2002, both Islam and Christianity contributed to the initiation and intensification of the collective conflict. This article examines the role of religion, especially Christianity, and discusses how Christian identities, teachings, doctrines, symbols, discourses, organizations, and networks became some of the contributing factors in the early phases of the Maluku mayhem. It also examines the complex roles played by Moluccan Christian actors, especially the religious militias, in […]

Vol.4, No.2 Feener

Contents>> Vol. 4, No. 2 ʿAbd al-Samad in Arabia: The Yemeni Years of a Shaykh from Sumatra R. Michael Feener* * Department of History, National University of Singapore, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119077 e-mail: hisfm[at]nus.edu.sg This paper provides an in-depth exploration of a previously under-utilized Arabic source for the history of Islam in Southeast Asia. This text, Al-Nafas al-Yamani was compiled in the Yemen by ʿAbd al-Rahman b. Sulayman al-Ahdal (d. 1250 H./1835 C.E.), and includes a biographical sketch of the Sumatran scholar ʿAbd al-Samad b. ʿAbd al-Rahman al-Jawi al-Palimbani. Through a close, annotated reading of that text this article develops new insights into the configuration of people […]

Vol.3, No.3 Mujiburrahman

Contents>> Vol. 3, No. 3 RESEARCH REPORT Islamic Theological Texts and Contexts in Banjarese Society: An Overview of the Existing Studies* Mujiburrahman** * I would like to thank Martin van Bruinessen for his valuable comments on the earlier draft. I also thank Syuan-Yuan Chiou for sending me some materials for this article. The first draft of this article was presented at the Fourth al-Jami’ah International Conference, State Islamic University, Yogyakarta, 14-16 December 2012. ** State Institute of Islamic Studies, Antasari, Jl. Jend. A. Yani KM. 4, 5 Banjarmasin 70235 Kalimantan Selatan, Indonesia e-mail: mujib71[at]hotmail.com This article will describe and analyze the continuities and changes of Islam in Banjarese society, Indonesia, […]

Vol.3, No.2 Khoo Boo Teik

Contents>> Vol. 3, No. 2 Technocracy and Politics in a Trajectory of Conflict* Khoo Boo Teik** * An earlier version of this article first appeared as No Insulation: Politics and Technocracy’s Troubled Trajectory, IDE Discussion Paper No. 236, May 2010, Institute of Developing Economies, Chiba, Japan. Permission to publish the paper in its present edited form is gratefully acknowledged. ** 邱武德, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), 7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8677, Japan e-mail: khoo-bt[at]grips.ac.jp Technocracy often holds out the promise of rational, professional, and politically disinterested decision-making particularly in economic planning and management. Yet states and regimes frequently turn to technocracy not just to obtain expert inputs and calculated […]


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