Between Harmony and Discrimination: Negotiating Religious Identities Within Majority-minority Relationships in Bali and Lombok

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Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin, David D. Harnish
Brill, 2014 - Religion - 385 pages
Between Harmony and Discrimination explores the varying expressions of religious practices and the intertwined, shifting interreligious relationships of the peoples of Bali and Lombok. As religion has become a progressively more important identity marker in the 21st century, the shared histories and practices of peoples of both similar and differing faiths are renegotiated, reconfirmed or reconfigured. This renegotiation, inspired by Hindu or Islamic reform movements that encourage greater global identifications, has created situations that are perceived locally to oscillate between harmony and discrimination depending on the relationships and the contexts in which they are acting. Religious belonging is increasingly important among the Hindus and Muslims of Bali and Lombok; minorities (Christians, Chinese) on both islands have also sought global partners.
Contributors include Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin, David D. Harnish, I Wayan Ardika, Ni Luh Sitjiati Beratha, Erni Budiwanti, I Nyoman Darma Putra, I Nyoman Dhana, Leo Howe, Mary Ida Bagus, Lene Pedersen, Martin Slama, Meike Rieger, Sophie Strauss, Kari Telle and Dustin Wiebe.

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Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin is Professor of Anthropology at Göttingen University. She has carried out fieldwork in Bali since 1988. Many of her publications focus on the ritual and political organization of space and the relationship between politics and religion in the context of the Balinese state.
David D. Harnish, PhD (1991 UCLA), is Chair of Music at University of San Diego. He has published books and articles on the music cultures of Bali and Lombok, including Divine Inspirations (2011 Oxford) and Bridges to the Ancestors (2006 U-Hawai'i).

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