Journal article

Confronting the Past in Contemporary Indonesia: The Anticommunist Killings of 1965-66 and the Role of the Nahdlatul Ulama


Critical Asian Studies | Routledge - Taylor & Francis | Published : 2009


The collapse of authoritarian regimes and the emergence of new democratic spaces hold the promise of an opportunity to redress instances of past violence. Confronting violent pasts is never an easy task, however, especially when different interest groups stand to lose from such a process. This article explores the role of Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) in the 1965 killings and shifting views about this past within the NU today. It examines the dramatic move in 2000 of young members of the NU to confront this past and to try to improve relations between members of the NU and former leftists. The article focuses on the reasons for the emergence of Syarikat (Masy..

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