Islam, State and Conflict in Southeast Asia

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Kirsten Schulze SAR 2.12


This course is available on the MSc in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation, MSc in History of International Relations, MSc in International Affairs (LSE and Peking University), MSc in International and World History (LSE & Columbia) and MSc in Theory and History of International Relations. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This course looks at  Indonesia, Malaysia,and the Philippines from the colonial period to the present day. It focuses on  Islam, state and conflict, starting with a  broader discussion of the Islamisation of Southeast Asia and the entry of the European colonial powers. This is followed by a closer analysis of the relationship between Islam and the colonial state with seminars on the Dutch East Indies, 'British' Malaya, and the 'Spanish' Philippines. The course then looks at the rise of nationalism and the interplay of  Islam and  nationalism in the Muslim-majority states of Indonesia and Malaysia as well as the Muslim-minority state of the Philippines. In the second term this course studies the dynamics of Islam, the state, and local society in the Darul Islam rebellions (Indonesia),  the Aceh conflict (Indonesia), the Mindanao conflict (the Philippines), as well as  the Poso and Ambon conflicts (Indonesia).. It also looks at Islam and social conflict in Malaysia and Indonesia as well as the rise of regional and international jihadism with Jemaah Islamiyah and the Southeast Asian affiliates of ISIS.


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 20 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

One formative essay (3,500 words) in Michaelmas Term.


Essay (35%, 3500 words) in the LT.
Essay (35%, 3500 words) in the ST.
Presentation (15%) and class participation (15%) in the MT and LT.

Key facts

Department: International History

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: One Unit

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