The Rope of God / Edition 1

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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: 11/3/2000
  • Series: Ann Arbor Paperbacks
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Atjeh in the Nineteenth Century 7
1 Atjehnese Trade and the Position of the Uleebelang 9
2 The Sultanate and Atjehnese Nationalism 35
3 The Ulama, the Pesantren, and the Village: Reform and Two Types of the Rantau 48
4 Atjehnese Society and the Atjehnese War 68
Pt. II Consciousness and Society in the 1930s 79
5 Atjeh Under the Dutch 81
6 Religious Ideas in the 1930s 98
Pt. III Consciousness and Society in the 1960s 135
7 Men and Boys in Atjehnese Families 137
8 Atjehnese Firms, the Distributive Network, and Islam 199
9 Ghostlier Demarcations, Keener Sounds 251
References 277
App A Note on Communitas and The Rope of God 279
Glossary 285
Literature Cited 291
Index 297
Aceh Viewed in 1978 and 1999 309
Curing Rites, Dreams, and Domestic Politics in a Sumatran Society 311
Possessed 336
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