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Sayyid ʿUthman (1822–1914) was a Muslim scholar of Arab descent in the Netherlands East Indies. As an adviser and informant on local Islam he was in close touch with the Dutch Islam scholar Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje. From 1 December 2014 until 23 January 2015, the ‘Oude UB’ (Old University Library) highlights aspects of his life and work with a selection of objects from the special collections of the Leiden University Libraries.
Since September Susana Munch Miranda works as a postdoctoral researcher within Cátia Antunes ERC project 'Fighting Monopolies, Defying Empires 1500-1750'.
Every month a member of the Institute for History tells about a book that he/she has read and that has inspired him/her: from novels to biographies. At the end, the pen is passed on to another colleague. This month Jeff Fynn-Paul tells about a book he has read recently.