Aceh: History, Politics and Culture

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Arndt Graf, Susanne Schroter, Edwin Wieringa
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2010 - Aceh (Indonesia) - 386 pages
The process of post-tsunami recovery and reconstruction in Aceh will take considerable time and is not easy. This book is an attempt at providing helpful background information on Acehnese history, politics and culture, which would benefit expatriate aid workers as well as foreign and domestic scholars in their dealings with the people of Aceh. It is written by specialists of Indonesian and Acehnese studies from a number of countries, together with Acehnese scholars. As the region was not accessible for decades, this book represents in many aspects a new, pioneering endeavour in Acehnese studies. The chapters cover many important aspects of history, such as the female Sultanahs of Aceh, Acehs Turkish connection and the Dutch Colonial War in Aceh. The main emphasis of the book is on relevant contemporary developments in the economy, politics, Islam, and the media, as well as painting, music, and literature.

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About the author (2010)

Arndt Graf is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany.

Susanne Schroter is Professor for Anthropology of Colonial andPostcolonial Orders at the University of Frankfurt, Germany.

Edwin Wieringa is Professor (Chair) of Indonesian Philology and Islamic Studies at the Department of Oriental Studies, University of Cologne. 

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