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Islam in Southeast Asia: The Basics


Admission requirements

Successful completion of the first years' course Introduction to the Study of Islam, or another academic introductory course to Islam. If you do not meet this requirement, but would still like to take the course, please mail both professor Nico Kaptein and Coordinator of Studies, well in advance of the start of the course, indicating the reasons for your interest, as well as the ground on which you think you can be admitted. The maximum number of students allowed in this seminar is 15.


The format of this course is a seminar and requires student presentations and active participation in the discussions on the weekly reading assignments. The seminar addresses the history and current manifestations of Islam in Southeast Asia, with a focus on the largest country of the region, Indonesia. It approaches the history, doctrines, and practices of Islam in Southeast Asia, as well as its relation with the colonial and present-day nation states..

Course objectives

Students will gain basic knowledge on Islam in Southeast Asia in the past and in the present, and its religious, cultural, social and political dimensions. Moreover, the seminar aims to improve students ability to give presentations and to participate in an academic discussion.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

This course will be given through Kaltura Live Room, unless otherwise stated depending on government and university regulations.
Attendance and active participation are obligatory for lectures and seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenor needs to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (e.g. illness, family issues, problems with residence permits). In these cases, it is up to the discretion of the convener of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Assessment method


  • Presentation of 20 minutes and active participation in discussions

  • Weekly reading report, to be uploaded via Brightspace

  • Written final examination


  • Presentation of 20 minutes and active participation in discussions: 20%

  • Weekly reading report, to be uploaded via Brightspace: 30%

  • Written final examination: 50%


There will be a re-sit of the final exam. The grade for this re-sit will replace the grade of the first final examination and have a weight of 50%.

The course is an integrated whole. The final examination and the assignments must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Weekly readings: to be announced.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.



A detailed program will be available through Brightspace before the start of the course.
The first meeting cannot be missed.