Weekend Scholarship Roundup

  • On January 7-8, 2021, the Legal History Blog hosted an online conference entitled “Paper Empires: Layers of law in colonial South Asia and the Indian Ocean.” Among others, Fahad Bishara (University of Virginia) presented his paper entitled “The Sailing Scribes: Legal Thinking and Praxis Across the Twentieth-Century Indian Ocean.”
  • In “The Majelis Ulama Indonesia and its Role in the Ahok Conviction” (Australian Journal of Asian Law vol 21 (2020)), Daniel Peterson (Melbourne Law School) “addresses the role played by Indonesia’s peak Islamic body, the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), in the prosecution and conviction of the former governor of Jakarta, Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama.” Peterson investigates how the Majelis used its status among Indonesians as “servant of the Islamic people” to “compromise” Ahok’s right to a fair trial.

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