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Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia

Nurfadzilah Yahaya


This book tells the story of the Arab diaspora within the context of British and Dutch colonialism, unpacking the community's ambiguous embrace of European colonial authority in Southeast Asia. The book looks at colonial legal infrastructure and discusses how it impacted, and was impacted by, Islam and ethnicity. But more important, it follows the actors who used this framework to advance their particular interests. The book explains why Arab minorities in the region helped to fuel the entrenchment of European colonial legalities: their itinerant lives made institutional records necessary. Sec ... More

Keywords: Arab diaspora, Dutch colonialism, British colonialism, European colonial authority, Southeast Asia, ethnicity, Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501750878
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501750878.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nurfadzilah Yahaya, author
National University of Singapore