Michael Williams

Michael C. Williams is senior commentator, BBC Far Eastern Service, Strand, London, WC2, England.

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Twice in this century popular revolts against colonial rule have occured in the Banten district of West Java. These revolts, conducted largely under an Islamic leadership, also proclaimed themselves Communist. Islamic Communism is seemingly a paradox. This is especially the case when one considers that probably no religion has proved more resistant to Communist ideology than Islam.

“The book as a whole is well–researched. … No one interested in either Banten, the history of Indonesian communism or in peasant mobilization, can afford to pass up this book.”

Martin van Bruinessen