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Professeur invité EHESS - Professor Michael Laffan Princeton University

mai-juin 2017




La notice biographique : 


Born in Canberra in 1969, Michael Laffan is a historian of Islam in

Southeast Asia and its connection to the Middle East, with an additional

interest in the spread of the Dutch East India Company across the Indian

Ocean. He is the author of Islamic Nationhood and Colonial Indonesia

(2003) and The Makings of Indonesian Islam (2011). He is currently working

on a project examining the development of exilic Muslim communities in

South Africa, Sri Lanka and the Cocos Islands, which were annexed by the

Australian government in the 1950s.


1-) Dimanche 22 mai- de 14h à 15h30


Institut du Monde arabe, Salle du Haut Conseil (niveau 9)


« Le pouvoir des Saints », dans le cadre d’une table-ronde organisée par

Ruggero Vimercati-Sanseverino


Sighting the Grave of Sayyid Alawi

This first paper will be an exploration of an Arab figure exiled from Java

to the Cape of Good Hope in 1744. Here I will argue that his history was

remade from paramount advisor to the Sultan of Kartasura in Central Java

to benign patron over an enslaved population in Africa after his release

from Robben Island in 1761. Beyond this in life or perhaps death he seems

to have become a Sufi pole of attraction for a community that would

ultimately establish itself below his grave on Signal Hill at the end of

the 18th century.


2) Vendredi 3 juin –de 15 h à 19 h : salle 9, 105 bd Raspail 75006 Paris. 


Dans le cadre du séminaire Savoirs, institutions, économies. Histoires connectées et dynamiques globales. Knowledge, Institutions, Economies. Connected histories and global dynamics, organisé par Rémy Madinier

discutante Rachida Chih


Another Andalusia?: Southeast Asia in the Muslim World

Here I wish to revisit an article I wrote over a decade ago exploring reportage of Southeast Asian Muslims in the Arabic press from the 1880s to the 1930s, showing how Southeast Asia’s Muslims, mostly living under Dutch rule, were presented as especially vulnerable to heresy even as more and more of them were making their way to the educational hubs of Mecca and Cairo. Indeed, drawing on more recent attention to print networks between the Middle East and Southeast Asia, I shall discuss how many Southeast Asians connected to more traditional Sufi modes of education had long been active users of the press, clearing a way for the journals and imaginaries to come.


3) Mardi 14 juin- 17 h – 19  h : Salons de l'INALCO, 2 rue de Lille (Métro Saint-Germain-des Prés) - conférence présentée par Étienne Naveau (INALCO) 

« Hajj and Nation Revisited ». Revisiting Michael Laffan's earlier work on the importance of the Hajj for ideas of Indonesian nationhood


4) Mercredi 15 juin  18 heures-20 heures : IISMM, 96 boulevard Raspail, 1er étage, salle de réunion  - conférence sur « Soufisme et imprimerie au XIXe siècle ».

« Sufism, Literary Production, and Nineteenth Century Southeast Asia », discutants Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen et Michel Boivin


Of Cattle, Aloes and Amulets, the Mystery of Tuan Skapie

Here I will undertake a reconstruction of the story of Tuan Skapie, a.k.a. Noriman of Cirebon (d. 1807), who was also exiled to the Cape three decades after Alawi. A comparison of his trajectory and activities at the Cape offers a chance to consider the emerging boundaries of orthodoxy in the transitional years from Dutch to British rule in South Africa, when a “Malay” community would have the freedom to worship publically.


A Most Colonial Moment: Cocos and the Australian Embrace

This last paper will explore the implications of Australian rule for a tiny community of Indonesian-speaking Muslims living on a small set of islands half way between Perth and Colombo. When these islands were taken over from Singapore in 1955, there was more interest in the airstrip than the islanders. However when a religious dispute broke out and imperilled the operations of the copra plantation in 1957, officials had to work out how to deal with a community that was neither aboriginal nor migrant in the shadow of broader politics under President Sukarno.

Centre Asie du Sud-Est (CASE)


Campus Condorcet

2 cours des humanités

93322 Aubervilliers Cedex

tél : 33 (0)1 88 12 01 98

Métro : Ligne 12, arrêt "Front Populaire"



Direction collégiale

Email collectif : dir.case[at]ehess.fr

Véronique Degroot

Anne-Valérie Schweyer
Annabel Vallard





Secrétariat général




Olivier Merveille - olivier.merveille[at]ehess.fr





Sophie Hénon - sophie.henon[at]cnrs.fr 



Pierre Boccanfuso - pboccanfuso[at]yahoo.com