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Islamic History of South East Asia (Indo-Malay Archipelago)

This course has finished

Delivered by: Dr Carool Kersten (University of London)

Date: Saturday 25th June 2011 Time: 9am – 5pm

Venue: Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX


The courses are open to all but spaces are limited. Entry is through prior registration only. Prayer facilities available and coffee/tea provided during break sessions.


  • Within the Deadline dates pre-registration £20 – Online payment
  • After Deadline dates or on the door entry £30 – CASH on the door

Unless the course is cancelled, there are no refunds for non-attendance

BOOKING DEADLINE: MONDAY 20TH JUNE 2011 after which prices to £30

It took nearly 800 years for the whole of Egypt to become majority Muslim and when Islam first arrived 674 CE it took only a few hundred years for the whole of the Indo-Malay Archipelago countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philipines, Brunei and Southern Thailand.

Today, there are more followers of the Shafi School of Thought in SE Asia than its country of origin and Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country and democracy and whilst Malaysia enjoys an admirable position amongst many Muslims because of its self built economic development model. With up to 250 million Muslims, Islam in SE Asia matters, it is multi-faceted and multi layered with its rich experience.

This short, intensive course aims to cover the following:

  1. What and where is SE (South East) Asia ?
  2. Brief of region before arrival of Islam i.e. religions and kingdoms.
  3. Early arrival of Islam
  4. Rooting of Islam and creation of Sultanates
  5. Islamization of Southeast Asia and role of the Sufi missionaries
  6. Brief on Colonial period and Independance
  7. Contemporary Islam in Southeast Asia
  8. Culture of SE Asian Muslims – School of thoughts/ groups/politcal /social/schooling. ..and more

Dr Carool Kersten

Dr Carool Kersten is currently a Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Kings College, London. His key research areas include the intellectual history of the contemporary Muslim world, and the history of Islam in Southeast Asia. He speaks fluent Arabic, Bahsa, English and is native Dutch.

He is a member of Association of Southeast Asian Studies and Society of Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World and has written and contributed to many books and articles on the subject. Some recent publications are: ‘Indonesia’s New Muslim Intellectuals’ Religion Compass; ‘Cambodia’s Muslim King: Khmer and Dutch Sources on the Conversion of King Reameathipadei I, 1642–1658′, in Islam in Southeast Asia.

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