Stock ID #154930 Sumatran Politics and Poetics. Gayo History, 1900-1989. JOHN R. BOWEN.

Sumatran Politics and Poetics.
Gayo History, 1900-1989.

New Haven. Yale Uni. Press. 1991. Stock ID #154930

Maps, black and white illustrations, xiv + 298pp, appendix, bibliography, indeces, an excellent hardback copy in dustjacket.

The twentieth century history of the Gayo people, a Muslim people numbering about 200,000, who live in the highlands of northern Sumatra. The effects of the centralisation of political structures and political narratives under Dutch colonial rule, the attempt to implement radically new nationalist and Islamic images of social order in the early years of independence, and the increasingly hierarchial forms of control and discourse in the post-1965 New Order.

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