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Violence, Displacement and Muslim Movements in Southeast Asia

Wednesday 15 June 2016
Reuvensplaats 2
2311 BE Leiden
Room 138 (conference room)
Aceh War (1873–1914) between the Netherlands and the Aceh

This workshop focuses on how diverse manifestations of violence – such as warfare, enclosure, insurgency, rebellion, and displacement – influenced the construction of Muslim subjects and movements in Southeast Asia, from the mid-colonial period to the early years of independent nation-states.

Covering areas such as Aceh and Java (Netherlands Indies/Indonesia), Mindanao (The Philippines), Patani (Siam/Thailand) and the Thai-Malay(si)an border, contributions to this workshop will pay particular attention to peripheral zones, not fully-incorporated by the state-making projects of expansionary centres. In these areas, state-making took the form of the violent territorial and political enclosure of Muslim peoples. Often, these peoples’ religious ideas and practices had not yet been subjected to the regulatory projects involved in incorporation into territorial state structures, although they embodied diverse connections with broader, not-yet-severed, modes of circulation across a “Muslim” global geography.

This workshop will not search for theological or jurisprudential justification in Islam’s textual corpus for acts of violence against colonial rule. Nor will it pursue a typology of Islamic reform movements. Rather, our aim is to consider how the violence and dislocation enacted by expansionary states shaped the conditions for creative political, social and theological challenges to those states from their unwilling, yet increasingly integrated, peripheries.

Confirmed speakers

Francis R. Bradley (Pratt Institute)
Chiara Formichi (Cornell University)
Joshua Gedacht (Universiti Brunei Darussalam)
David Kloos (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV))
Amrita Malhi (University of South Australia)

This workshop is organised by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) and made possible by a LUCIS grant. 


The programme of the workshop can be found here (PDF).


If you wish to attend the workshop, please register by sending an email to David Kloos (kloos@kitlv.nl).

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