Islamic Courts and Maritime Trading Ports

Geoffrey C. Gunn

in History Without Borders

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083343
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882208988 | DOI:
Islamic Courts and Maritime Trading Ports

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This chapter gives an account of the key Islamic courts with which the Europeans related or sometimes sought to usurp in their struggle to achieve monopoly status over coveted trade commodities. It offers a panoramic view of a selected number of Islamic courts and cosmopolitan trading centers, typically astride the maritime trading routes of Southeast Asia. The chapter's aim is to investigate how foundational Islamic states came to be established in Southeast Asia and how—more typically—the Islamic states emerged out of Hindu–Buddhistic kingdoms. Furthermore, it finds out how Islam accommodated local forms of authority in such syncretic environments. Finally, the chapter discusses how Islamic states coped with the advent of Christian missionaries alongside that of European merchants and empire builders.

Keywords: Islamic courts; Europeans; monopoly status; cosmopolitan trading centers; Southeast Asia

Chapter.  9204 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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