Not available in 2021/22
Islam, State and Conflict in Southeast Asia

This information is for the 2021/22 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 Asian History, 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 on 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 between 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), the Poso and Ambon conflicts (Indonesia). It also looks at Islam and social conflict in Malaysia as well as the rise of regional and international jihadism with Jemaah Islamiyah and the Southeast Asian affiliates of ISIS.


20 two-hour seminars in the Michaelmas and the Lent Terms. This course will be taught online in 2020-21.

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%).

Course selection videos

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: International History

Total students 2020/21: Unavailable

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Controlled access 2020/21: No

Value: One Unit

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