Transcending Borders: Arabs, Politics, Trade, and Islam in Southeast Asia

Huub de Jonge and Nico Kaptein, eds. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2002. 246 pages.

This collection of essays is a spin-off of a workshop held in December 1997, which was jointly organized by the venerable Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (the Royal Institute of Linguistics and Anthropology) and the more recently established International Institute of Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands. Both are important resource centers for the study of Islam in Southeast Asia and are closely connected with Leiden University, which has a formidable reputation as a centuries-old center of learning in Islamic and Asian studies. Publications like the present one show that academic institutions with roots in the colonial past and which were once parts of the now much-criticized scholarly tradition of “Orientalism” can reinvent themselves and continue to make valuable ontributions to the study of non-western cultures.

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