The Rope of God / Edition 1

The Rope of God / Edition 1

by James T. Siegel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472086820

ISBN-13: 9780472086825

Pub. Date: 11/03/2000

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

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

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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 The Rope of God, traces the evolution in Islam, in the economy, and in the structure of the family to show how it was that Aceh mobilized itself as a society from the time of the colonial war to the emergence of the republic. At a time when this Indonesian society is once again in movement, this influential study has gained a certain new relevance.

To bridge this span of time since its initial publication in 1969, Siegel has added two additional chapters to his original volume: one a description of political elements today and the other a previously published piece on Acehnese domestic politics.

Important when it first appeared, The Rope of God continues to be of enduring importance today and will be warmly welcomed back into print.

James Siegel is Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies, Cornell University and is the author of New Criminal Type in Jakarta: A Counter-Revolution Today, among other books.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472086825
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
11/03/2000
Series:
Ann Arbor Paperbacks
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. IAtjeh in the Nineteenth Century7
1Atjehnese Trade and the Position of the Uleebelang9
2The Sultanate and Atjehnese Nationalism35
3The Ulama, the Pesantren, and the Village: Reform and Two Types of the Rantau48
4Atjehnese Society and the Atjehnese War68
Pt. IIConsciousness and Society in the 1930s79
5Atjeh Under the Dutch81
6Religious Ideas in the 1930s98
Pt. IIIConsciousness and Society in the 1960s135
7Men and Boys in Atjehnese Families137
8Atjehnese Firms, the Distributive Network, and Islam199
9Ghostlier Demarcations, Keener Sounds251
References277
AppA Note on Communitas and The Rope of God279
Glossary285
Literature Cited291
Index297
Aceh Viewed in 1978 and 1999309
Curing Rites, Dreams, and Domestic Politics in a Sumatran Society311
Possessed336

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