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Witch-Hunt and Conspiracy: The 'Ninja Case' in East Java

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posted on 19.08.2020, 00:21 by Nicholas Herriman
This book brings unique insight and prize-winning analysis to an extraordinary story – that of a witch-hunt and ‘ninja’ craze that swept a region of Java, Indonesia, in 1998. When neighbours, family members and friends believed that one among them was a sorcerer, this suspicion would sometimes culminate in the death of the suspect. In 1998, these sporadic killings turned into an outbreak of violence. Muslim organisations attributed the escalation of these killings to political conspirators, alleging that squads of ‘ninjas’ were responsible. A paramilitary group (Banser NU) began preparing and training for an onslaught of further violence, while anxious residents throughout East Java established road-side guards. Dozens of suspected ninjas were caught and some were tortured and killed.

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Paperback ISBN

9781922235510.0

e-PDF ISBN

9781922235527

e-pub ISBN

9781925377729

Mobi ISBN

9781925377736

Pages total

208

Size

234mm x 153mm

Series

Monash Asia Series

Publisher

Monash University Publishing

Print publication date

1/02/2016

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