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The Acehnese, a Muslim people of Sumatra, fought Dutch attempts to colonize them for forty years. After its "pacification," Acehnese society evolved peacefully, yet nonetheless the Acehnese participated fully in the Indonesian revolution and in a rebellion against the Indonesian central government not long after. Based on field work done in the early 1960s, James Siegel's ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published November 3rd 2000 by University of Michigan Press
(first published January 1st 1969)
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Elegant ethnography. A reference point for all academic studies of Aceh. This updated edition features two additional chapters. The lengthy meditation on the Aceh conflict has been very influential on my thinking about current events in Aceh today. I turn back to this book again and again.