Indonesia is a semi-annual journal devoted to the timely study of Indonesia's culture, history, government, economy, and society. It features original scholarly articles, interviews, translations, and book reviews. Published since April 1966, the journal provides area scholars and interested readers with contemporary analyses of Indonesia and an extensive archive of research pertaining to the nation and region. The journal is published by Cornell University's Southeast Asia Program.

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Volume 85

Publication Date: April 2008

Front Cover and Title Page, Indonesia, Volume 85 (April 2008)

Editors, Indonesia, Volume 85 (April 2008)

Table of Contents, Indonesia, Volume 85 (April 2008)

What Happens When you Really Listen: On Translating the Old Javanese Rāmāyaṇa; Rāmāyaṇa Kakawin, Sargah 26, Translation and Essay

A. L. Becker and Ronit Ricci; 1-30

The Truths of Torture: Victims’ Memories and State Histories in Indonesia

John Roosa; 31-50

Learning from the East Java Mudflow: Disaster Politics in Indonesia

Jim Schiller, Anton Lucas and Priyambudi Sulistiyanto; 51-78

Current Data on the Indonesian Military Elite, September 2005–March 2008

The Editors ; 79-122

Ong Hok Ham, A Tribute

James T. Siegel; 123-124

Statement by Ong Hok Ham, Djakarta, September 4, 1967, with and introduction by Ruth McVey

Ong Hok Ham; 125-136

Suharto (June 8, 1921–January 27, 2008)

John Roosa; 137-144

Sudarpo Sastrosatomo (June 30, 1920–October 22, 2007)

John Legge; 145-146


Review of Christian Moderns: Freedom and Fetish in the Mission Encounter

Fenella Cannell; 147-160

Review of The Image of the Other as Enemy: Radical Discourse in Indonesia

Greg Fealy; 161-164

Review of Pretext for Mass Murder: The September 30th Movement and Suharto’s Coup d’Etat in Indonesia

Vannessa Hearman; 165-170

Review of The Lion and the Gadfly: Dutch Colonialism and the Spirit of E. F. E. Douwes Dekker

Mary Somers Heidhues; 171-174

Review of Indonesia and the Muslim World: Islam and Secularism in the Foreign Policy of Soeharto and Beyond

Michael Laffan; 175-178

Review of Knowing Southeast Asian Subjects

Scott Schlossberg; 179-184

Contributors, Indonesia, Volume 85 (April 2008)