Transcending bordersArabs, politics, trade and Islam inSoutheast Asia
Jonge, Huub de and Nico Kaptein (eds)
viii + 244 pages
ISBN 90 6718 184 6
Leiden 2002Arab immigrants toSoutheast Asia and their descendants have not received much attention in comparison with immigrants from other parts of the world such as the Chinese, Indians and Europeans. Numerically the Arabs as they are called up till now, have always paled into insignificance besides other foreign minorities, in particular in the colonial period. Even today their presence is hardly noticed. Yet, they have exercised a great influence on economic, political, social and religious developments in the region for centuries.This book contains ten articles form the perspective of various disciplines: history, sociology, anthropology and Islamology. These essays discuss the interrelationships within the various Arab communities, as well as between these communities and society at large, in the fields of politics, trade and Islam.
Before parochialization; Diasporic Arabs cast in creole watersMohammed Redzuan Othman:
Conflicting political loyalties of the Arabs in Malaya before World War IIKees van Dijk:
Colonial fears, 1890-1918; Pan-Islamism and the Germano-Indian plotWilliam R. Roff:
Murder as an aid to social history; The Arabs in Singapore in the early twentieth centuryUlrike Freitag:
Arab merchants in Singapore; Attempt of a collective biographyWilliam Gervase Clarence-Smith:
Horse trading; The economic role of Arabs in the lesser Sunda islands, 1800-1940Sumit K. Mandal:
Forging a modern identity in Java in the early twentieth centuryNico Kaptein:
The conflicts about the income on an Arab shrine: The Perkara Luar Batang in BataviaAhmed Ibrahim Abu Shouk:
An Arabic manuscript on the life and career of Ahmed Muhammad Sûrkatî and his Irshâdî disciples in JavaHuub de Jonge:
Contradictory and against the grain; Snouck Hurgronje on the Hadranis in the Dutch East Indies, 1889-1936.