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Event Name: CLA Conable Distinguished Lecture Series in International Studies
Category: Academic/College Events
Sub Category: College of Liberal Arts
Description: CLA Conable Lecture Series

presents

Thomas Gibson
Department of Anthropology
The University of Rochester

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
12:15 pm

Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Carlson Auditorium (Bldg 76, Room 1125)

Topic: FREEDOM OF THE SEAS, ‘JUST WAR’, AND SHARI’A

In the sixteenth century, Muslims dominated Indian Ocean long-distance trade. Shari’a functioned as a cosmopolitan legal code that enabled merchants from different cultures to negotiate. Whereas the Dutch and Portuguese struggled to monopolize East Asian trade, the sultans of Southeast Asia resisted this monopoly in the name of the Islamic doctrine of the freedom of the seas. Superior naval power enabled the Dutch to impose humiliating, one-sided legal treaties on Sultanates throughout Indonesia. Acts of resistance to the Dutch were defined by the Dutch as “piracy” but by the Indonesians as part of a just war, or jihad. Today, many Indonesians view the tradition of international law founded four centuries ago with deep skepticism, and continue to see shari’a as a more secure basis for a just state and society.
 
Schedules: 11/05/2013   (12:15 PM - 2:00 PM)
Carlson Auditorium

 
Contact: Cassandra Shellman
Email: cls3740@rit.edu
Phone: 475-2057
 
Cost: FREE