By Dave McRae
Regardless of no past background of contemporary unrest, Poso, from 1998-2007, grew to become the positioning of the main protracted inter-religious clash in postauthoritarian Indonesia, in addition to the most vital theatres of operations for the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist community. 9 years of violent clash among Christians and Muslims in Poso increased a formerly little identified district in japanese Indonesia to nationwide and worldwide prominence. Drawing on a decade of analysis, for the main half carried out whereas the clash used to be ongoing, this publication presents the 1st finished background of this violence. It additionally addresses the puzzle of why the Poso clash used to be capable of persist for therefore lengthy in an more and more, strong democratic country, regardless of the show up weaknesses of the small teams of guys using the violence.
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Again the continuities with the late Suharto period are at least as important as the changes. 8 The remaining seven seats were spread between six different new parties. The district parliament’s official preselection of candidates for district head had not commenced in December 1998, when the riot took place. Nevertheless, most of the likely contenders for the post were already clearly known locally, as most of these men had also contested the most recent district head election in 1994. Among the hopefuls, district 4 See also ‘Gubernur Suteng Coret Nama Pelima dan Malik’, Surya, 15 April 1994.
The most powerful position within this overall system, however, was that of the district head. For the decade prior to the commencement of the conflict, the district head position was occupied by an indigenous Muslim, skewing the balance of power among local patronage networks accordingly. The same accusations of unequal buying had also surfaced when a Christian had occupied the district head post, however, as had been the case for much of the 1980s. When the conflict began, less than a year remained before rival urban patronage networks would effectively contest anew their relative ascendancy through the 1999 district head election.
No single organization analogous to the GKST can rightly lay claim to encompass the majority of Poso’s present day Muslims, but the traditionalist Al-Khairaat organization is generally held to have the largest following. Established in 1930 and headquartered in Palu, Al-Khairaat maintains a network of schools throughout Central Sulawesi along with smaller networks in nine other provinces (Sangaji 2002; Aragon 2005). Various other Muslim organizations lay claim to smaller followings in Poso, including the modernist Muhammadiyah, which is Indonesia’s second largest Islamic organization, and the South Sulawesi based Darud Dakwah wal-Irsyad.
A Few Poorly Organized Men: Interreligious Violence in Poso, Indonesia by Dave McRae