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Book Event

2020-2021

 

Poster Nurfadzilah Yahaya
National University of Singapore Book Launch: Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia

 

12 Oct 2020

6:00 p.m.
Zoom (Register here to receive the Zoom link)

 

 

Respondent: Professor Michael Feener
Kyoto University

 

This talk, based on the recently published book Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press) looks at how colonial subjects carved out their own jurisdictions from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. Attuned to concentration of power across time and space, the Arab elite in the Indian Ocean were remarkably aware of new jurisdictional ordering and became adept at strategies associated with legal pluralism brought on by colonialism in Southeast Asia. Wills, endowment deeds, and Powers of Attorney entrenched British and Dutch jurisdictions alongside Islamic ones.

 

Nurfadzilah Yahaya, assistant professor in the History Department at NUS, is a legal historian of the Indian Ocean. Prior to NUS, she was an Early Career Fellow in Islamic Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her PhD in History from Princeton University in 2012. Her book Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia is published by Cornell University Press in 2020. Her articles have appeared in Law and History Review, Journal of Women’s History, Indonesia and the Malay World and Muslim World.

 

This event is a Asian Legal History Seminar organised by the Faculty of Law and the Department of History.