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Gestures of the Evil Mind: Interpreting Religion-Related Violence in Indonesia after 9/11

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Religion-related violence in current Indonesia results from historic memory of anti-colonial struggle, recent power games and globalization. This articles seeks to understand the influence of 9/11 on inter- and intra religious tensions Indonesia. A three level research method will be used (narrative/biography — date/place — theory) and three analytical tools to understand group-violence will be introduced (Volkan's hot place, Girard's cycle of vengeance and strategies of dehumanization) in order to comprehend religion-related violence in Indonesia as an attempt to get rid of the other's 'evil mind'. The presumption of the evil mind after 9/11 is embedded into a global network of vengeance, continually disseminating images of suffering and pain around the globe and — as such — constantly preceding another atrocity. Religion-related violence, troubling Indonesia since 1997, is a highly interesting example of the expulsion of the other's presumed evil mind.

Affiliations: 1: Lecturer at Utrecht University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Theology, Centre IIMO


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