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Michael Laffan

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Michael Laffan is professor of history at Princeton University, where he teaches courses on the history of Southeast Asia and Islam across the Indian Ocean. He is now turning his attention to South Africa in the hope of learning more about the broader history of Islam under the hardly benevolent rule of the Dutch East India Company.

Research: 

Southeast Asian interactions with the Middle East and the Cape of Good Hope under Dutch rule.

Paper title: 

Hajjis, Holiness and Islam’s Benevolent Colonisers