Dr. N.J.G. (Nico) Kaptein

  • Lecturer
  • Islamic studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2281
E-Mail: n.j.g.kaptein@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES APT
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.04a

Fields of interest

Relationship between Islam and local culture; Relations between the Middle East and South-East Asia in the religious domain; Islam in the Netherlands East Indies, Islam in Indonesia.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching activities

I teach some introductory courses in Islamic Studies, like Introduction to the study of Islam and the course Introduction to Qur’an and Hadith. At the MA level I give a seminar on fatwas (religious advices) focussing on Indonesia. Moreover, I do a lot of thesis supervision, mainly on the MA and PhD level, related in Islam in Indonesia.

Key publication

Islam, Colonialism and the Modern Age in the Netherlands East Indies: A Biography of Sayyid `Uthman (1822-1914), Leiden: Brill, 2014


forthcoming book: Islam, Colonialism and the Modern Age in the Netherlands East Indies

- “Southeast Asian Debates and Middle Eastern Inspiration: European Dress in West Sumatra at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century”, in: Eric Tagliacozzo (ed.), Southeast Asia and the Middle East: Islam, Movement, and the Longue Durée, Singapore: NUS Press/Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009, pp. 176-195

- “Grateful to the Dutch government: Sayyid `Uthman and the Sarekat Islam in 1913”, in Anthony Reid and Michael Gilsenan (eds.), Islamic Legitimacy in a Plural Asia, London: Routledge, 2007, pp. 98-116.

- together with Michael Laffan (eds.), Fatwâs in Indonesia, theme issue Islamic Law and Society Vol. 12 no. 1, 2005 (Leiden: Brill).

- “The voice of the `ulamâ’: fatwas and religious authority in Indonesia”, in: Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions, No. 125 (janvier-mars), 2004, pp. 115-130.

- together with Huub de Jonge (eds.), Transcending borders: Arabs, politics, trade and Islam in Southeast Asia, Leiden: KITLV Press, 2002.

- The Muhimmât al-nafâ'is: a bilingual Meccan fatwa collection for Indonesian Muslims from the end of the nineteenth century, introduced and presented by ..., Jakarta 1997 (= INIS Materials 32).

- "The berdiri mawlid issue among Indonesian Muslims in the period from circa 1875 to 1930", in: Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 149-1 (1993), pp. 124-153.

- Muhammad's Birthday Festival: Early History in the Central Muslim Lands and Development in the Muslim West until the 10th/16th Century, Leiden: Brill, 1993

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