By B. J. Boland

With deep curiosity i've got the Indonesian people's struggle for freedom and independence from 1945 onwards. This curiosity has turn out to be concentrated particularly at the query of ways religions, in particular Islam, have been focused on this fight, and what position they'd fulfil within the new Indonesia. After having lived and labored in Indonesia from 1946 to the tip of 1959, i used to be two times extra enabled to yisit I ndonesia because of promises from the Netherlands origin for the development of Tropical learn (WOTRO). It used to be in the course of those sojourns particularly, from may perhaps to October 1966 and from February to July 1969, that the fabric for this examine was once accumulated, supplemented and checked. For the assistance I obtained in the course of those visits i'm vastly indebted to such a lot of Indonesian informants that it really is very unlikely to say all of them. furthermore, a few of them wouldn't savor being singled out through identify. yet whereas delivering them those basic thank you i'm taking into account all of them separately. despite the entire aid given and endurance proven me, this e-book is sure to be packed with shortcomings. An older Muslim pal, notwithstanding, as soon as inspired me by way of reminding me that perfection belongs in basic terms to God (al-kamal li'llah). however, I may still wish to supply my apologies for error and errors; i might delight in it if readers drew my awareness to them.

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