Introduction: Pieties in Contact

The Case of Inter-Religiosities and Conflicts in Indonesia
  • En-Chieh Chao
Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)


This introductory chapter elucidates the dramatic changes Salatiga has undergone during its growth from a Dutch settlement, to a modernized “Christian” Javanese city, to its current situation as a complex multi-religious zone characterized by Islamic and Pentecostal revivals at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Aligned closely with this background, this chapter lays out the research methods and theoretical perspectives by starting with an ethnographic puzzle—the prominence of women and minorities in a Muslim-majority neighborhood community—and sets the stage for the ways in which Islamic pieties and Christian identities are contingent and negotiated through inter-religious imaginations and changing gender roles.


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  • En-Chieh Chao
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  1. 1.National Sun Yat-sen UniversityKaohsiung CityTaiwan

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