Asian Journal of PEACEBUILDING

Volume 9 Number 2 (November 2021)

Table of Contents

Research Articles

Preventing Religious Conflict in Papua Land: Adopting Cultural Traditions of Peacebuilding

Cahyo Pamungkas and Devi Tri Indriasari pp. 331-356 doi: 10.18588/202108.00a119
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This article aims to explain why recent tensions between religious groups in Papua, Indonesia, did not develop into ethnoreligious conflicts such as those which broke out in Ambon and Poso. Such tensions are likely to occur because of the migration of Muslim ethnicities from elsewhere in Indonesia that leads to political, racial, religious, and economic divisions. Migrant populations are generally Malay, Muslim, and prosperous, while native Papuans are Melanesian, Christian, and impoverished. The Christian indigenous Papuans feel threatened by the influx of Muslim migrants. Based on Lederach’s concept of peace agents, we argue that the adoption of cultural mechanisms driving peace agencies is central to preventing ethnoreligious conflict. The curricula of local schools should include such local wisdom in order to reach all ethnoreligious groups.

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