Fields of interest
- Early modern and early colonial insular Southeast Asia
- Women and religious conversion
- 'Piracy' and slave-raiding
- Specific regions: north Sulawesi and the Sangir archipelago; Mindanao
My thesis examines and compares the dynamics of Islamic and Protestant conversion in North Sulawesi (Indonesia) from the late eighteenth until the early twentieth century. It focuses on the changing economic and political relationship between the various local chiefdoms and the Dutch East India Company (later the colonial state) which ultimately shaped the religious landscape of the region. It thus intends to contribute not only to debates on religious conversions, but also to the related issues on political economy in early modern Southeast Asia.
Ariel obtained a degree in Bachelor of Arts in History (summa cum laude) at the University of the Philippines (UP)– Diliman in 2007. He taught general education courses at the UP History Department for two years before commencing his studies at Leiden University in 2009. In Leiden, he obtained a BA (cum laude) and a Research Masters in History (thesis: Family and Politics in Maguindanao, ca. 1680-1760) in 2010 and 2012, respectively.