The beginning of the global economy in the sixteenth century produced many unexpected outcomes, but perhaps none more surprising to Europeans than the success of Muslim peoples throughout Asia. While scholars have paid increasing attention to the discourse of European encounters with the Muslim Empires of the Middle East, the European experiences throughout Asia, including the Indonesian islands and Mindanao, challenge assumptions of European “progress” in the Ottoman Empire, Safavid Iran, or Mughal India. Examining the strategies European merchants, travelers, and envoys employed across the spectrum of Muslim societies in Asia will shed new light on these encounters.
To this end, we are organizing a workshop on European Encounters with Islam in Asia here at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in September 2012. We hope that the location will interest European, Asian, and Islamic scholars to participate in our discussions. UH Mānoa provides a unique backdrop for this workshop, with its considerable strengths in Southeast Asia and its growing Muslim Studies Program. We expect workshop participants to produce completed articles that will be pre-circulated among all participants before the workshop. This will create an opportunity for focused discussions with broad participation rather than initial presentations. This will provide the greatest benefit by preparing the way for future revisions of our work. We will settle the details of the workshop once we have finalized the list of participants.
Following the conference, we plan to pursue publishing the articles as an edited volume. With the increased importance of colonialism, Islam, and Asian studies, there has already been strong interest from publishers in the project. If you are interested in presenting a paper as part of the workshop and later contributing toward the volume, please contact one of us at the email addresses below. Scholars interested in contributing to the future volume but who are unable to attend the workshop here in Honolulu are also encouraged to contact the editors.
Matt Lauzon, Associate Professor of History,
Matt Romaniello, Assistant Professor of History,
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
University of Hawaii at Manoa
History Department, Sakamaki Hall
2530 Dole Street, Honolulu HI 96822
(808)371-7571 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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