Kevin W. Fogg

Islamic History in Southeast Asia

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As a lecturer in Oxford University's Faculty of History, Dr. Fogg is available to tutor undergraduates for the new General History XIV (global history, 1929-2003), and General History XIX (transnational connections, 1750-1914). He convenes and tutors the Further Subject on "Imperialism and Nationalism in Southeast Asia" under a revised reading list. As a fellow of Brasenose College, he is also supervising students, teaching the first-year "Approaches to History: Sociology" paper, and participating in the admissions process. Undergraduates writing theses on Southeast Asian history or modern Islamic history are welcome to apply to Dr. Fogg for supervision; recent theses he has overseen include the geographic component of the 1969 race riots in Kuala Lumpur, the move of the Singaporean army away from British ties, British police perspectives on the Malayan Emergency, an analysis of the Weberian charisma of Ho Chi Minh, a critique of the presentation of race in Singaporean history textbooks, the persecution of the Khmer Krom under the Pol Pot regime, and the intersection of Commonwealth and Cold War interests at the Bandung Conference.


For postgraduate students, Dr. Fogg contributes to the Global and Imperial History programme, and runs a graduate option paper on "History of Muslim Societies" in Hilary Term. He also oversees research students in the Global and Imperial History group of the faculty, particularly those students interested in Islamic Studies or Southeast Asia, and is available to assist students in other faculties. Recent masters graduates mentored by Dr. Fogg have studied the international networks of Indonesian nationalism in the 1920s and '30s and the social consequences of prostitution at an American naval base in the Philippines. At the doctoral level, one recent graduate wrote on the role of Chinese traders in the initial conversion of Southeast Asian polities to Islam. Current doctoral students are looking at the connected history of Burmese borderlands and the Indonesian party system after independence.


Throughout the year, he gives lectures with the Faculty of History. He is also the senior member (i.e., advisor) of the Oxford University Indonesia Society.


Dr. Fogg also frequently travels to give visiting lectures. Since September 2014, he has given papers in Yangon, Mandalay, New Haven, London, Exeter, Chicago, Singapore, Jakarta, Ponorogo, Mataram, Bandar Lampung, Medan, Palu, Makassar, Yogyakarta, Manado, Leiden, and Oxford.


Those looking for handouts or further materials related to his lectures can find them on Dr. Fogg's page.



The above image, from a diploma issued by the Nahdlatul Ulama Islamic Preachers' College in Semarang, Central Java, was shared by H. Jamiluddin Azhar in Mataram, Lombok.  In addition to being printed in Roman letters, each diploma was issued also in Indonesian written in Arabic script (called jawi).