Contemporary Islam

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 1–17 | Cite as

Goliath and David in Gaza: Indonesian myth-building and conflict as a cultural system

  • Ronald A. Lukens-BullEmail author
  • Mark R. Woodward


The ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is a well established part of Indonesian religio-political discourse. Anti-Zionism if not outright anti-Semitism is foundational; Israel has few friends in Indonesia. Various media reactions to the 2008–2009 Gaza attacks are placed within wider ethnographic and linguistic contexts to explore how news is spun in a cultural system of conflict. In becoming part of a cultural system of conflict, discourses about Israel take on the properties of myth.


Palestine-Israel Indonesia Journalism Myth-building 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyUniversity of North FloridaJacksonvilleUSA
  2. 2.School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious StudiesTempeUSA

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