Kevin W. Fogg

Islamic History in Southeast Asia

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Formerly in Oxford University's Faculty of History, Dr. Fogg taught students on modern global history, Asian history, and Islamic history. The subjects he taught included EWF 11 (transnational connections, 1750-1914), EWF 14 (global history, 1929-2003), the Further Subject on "Imperialism and Nationalism in Southeast Asia," methodology papers "Approaches to History: Sociology" and "Disciplines of History," and the graduate option on  "History of Muslim Societies." He also supervised undergraduate theses in the areas of Southeast Asian and Islamic history, including 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, the intersection of Commonwealth and Cold War interests at the Bandung Conference, history of war memorials in Vietnam, and the communism of Gramsci and Tan Malaka compared. For graduate students, he supervised in the Global and Imperial History programme, and assisted students in other faculties. Masters graduates mentored by Dr. Fogg have studied topics such as the international networks of Indonesian nationalism in the 1920s and '30s, the social consequences of prostitution at an American naval base in the Philippines, and Muslim cosmopolitanism in World War I-era Britain. At the doctoral level, one graduate wrote on the role of Chinese traders in the initial conversion of Southeast Asian polities to Islam, and another wrote on the connected history of Burmese borderlands. An doctoral student still in progress is writing on the Indonesian party system after independence.


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).