Communism, Religion, and Revolt in Banten in the Early Twentieth Century (Paperback)

Mis Sea#86 (Ohio RIS Southeast Asia Series #86)

By Michael Williams

Ohio University Press, 9780896801554, 404pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 1990

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Twice in this century popular revolts against colonial rule have occured in the Banten district of West Java. These revolts, conducted largely under an Islamic leadership, also proclaimed themselves Communist. Islamic Communism is seemingly a paradox. This is especially the case when one considers that probably no religion has proved more resistant to Communist ideology than Islam.

Michael Williams here details the complicated history of the Bantenese revolts in the twentieth century and probes the ideological riddle of Islamic Communism. Modern history is replete with examples of regions with a long history of organizing themselves politically to resist intrusion on their territory, resources, and people. This book establishes that in Indonesia, the Bantenese were among the most practiced exponents of resistance.

About the Author

Michael C. Williams is senior commentator, BBC Far Eastern Service, Strand, London, WC2, England.

Praise For Communism, Religion, and Revolt in Banten in the Early Twentieth Century: Mis Sea#86 (Ohio RIS Southeast Asia Series #86)

“The book as a whole is well–researched. … No one interested in either Banten, the history of Indonesian communism or in peasant mobilization, can afford to pass up this book.”—Martin van Bruinessen

“Having myself done some research on Tan Malaka’s presence in this region and having met several of the main actors in the scenes discussed in the closing chapters of the book …it is a great pleasure to be able to read this important con