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In: Islamic Studies Today: Essays in Honor of Andrew Rippin
In: Mapping the Old Zhuang Character Script
In: Islam, Colonialism and the Modern Age in the Netherlands East Indies
In: Investment Protection in Southeast Asia
Author: Kari Telle


In Indonesia – as in other parts of the world – communities aspire to build larger and larger monuments to religion; monuments which are not only houses of worship but markers of ethnicity. In Lombok, the Sasak Muslims and Balinese Hindus are eager to create new mosques and temples, but such building activities easily arouse mutual suspicion. This chapter analyses the attack on Pura Sangkareang, a Balinese temple with an interethnic history, and the rationales, from the perspectives of both Sasak and Balinese, for the temple’s destruction. Telle’s approach discusses the way in which physical spaces are spiritual landscapes connecting living communities with past religious ideation. Examining how shared sacred sites come under pressure as groups redefine their religious identity and practice, the chapter also argues that legal regulations concerning the construction of places of worship discriminate against minorities.  

In: Between Harmony and Discrimination: Negotiating Religious Identities within Majority-Minority Relationships in Bali and Lombok
In: Environmental and Climate Change in South and Southeast Asia
In: English in Malaysia
In: The Khōjā of Tanzania
In: The Encyclopedia of Indonesia in the Pacific War
In: Global Hakka