Monday, January 14, 2008


Dear all,

Plans are now firming up for the 2008 ASEASUK conference, which will be held from Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 June 2008 at John Moores University in Liverpool . Information on panels can now be found on the ASEASUK website and we will soon have information available on conference fees, accomodation arrangements and the preliminary programme.

As usual, I will be convening a panel on Indonesian/Malay manuscript studies. If you would like to present a paper, please send me your provisional title and abstract by 31 January 2008 . A list of those who have expressed interest in appended below.

As in previous years, ASEASUK may be able to assist with travel costs and conference fees for one or two paper presenters from Southeast Asia for each panel; the final decision will be made by the ASEASUK Committee. If you wish to apply for financial assistance, please let me know as soon as possible, together with your paper title and abstract, which will be submitted to the Committee for consideration.

Indonesian/Malay manuscript studies.

Convenor: Dr Annabel Gallop (

Papers are welcomed on all aspects of the study of the writing traditions of maritime Southeast Asia . Of particular interest would be contributions on manuscript illumination and the art of the book; documents and chancery practice in the courts of the archipelago; Islamic manuscripts from the southern Philippines and the majority-Buddhist states of mainland Southeast Asia ; and previously undescribed manuscript collections.

Preliminary list of paper proposals:

Oman Fathurahman, University of Cologne – Further research on Ithaf al-Dhaki by Ibrahim al-Kurani
Ervan Nurtawab, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University, Jakarta- The writing tradition of Qur'anic commentaries in classical Java and Sunda
Roger Tol, KITLV, Jakarta – [a Bugis manuscript from the collection of the Perpustakaan Nasional RI.]
Mu’jizah, Pusat Bahasa, Jakarta – Cultural interactions in illuminated letters sent between the Dutch colonial government and rulers in Nusantara
Zulkefli Aini, Selangor Islamic College – The doctrine of Muhammadan Light (Nur Muhammad) according to Shaykh Abdul Rauf Ali Al-Fansuri.
Azenita Abdullah, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia – Colophons in Malay/Arabic manuscripts in the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.
Annabel Gallop, British Library, London – Migrating manuscript art: a ‘ Sulawesi diaspora’ style of Qur’anic illumination


Zulkefli Aini, Selangor Islamic College
The doctrine of Muhammadan Light (Nur Muhammad) according to Shaykh Abdul Rauf Ali Al-Fansuri

This paper is an attempt to explore the doctrine of Muhammadan Light according to Shaykh Abdul Rauf al-Fansuri. It will be focused on some of his works especially on Sufism like for instance Tanbih al-Mashi al-Mansub Ila Tariq al-Qushashi (Ms Jak.A. 101), Muniyyah al-I`tiqad (MS 1314, National Library of Malaysia), Shams al-Ma`rifah (Ms Jak-Mal. 287), Kifayah al-Muhtajin Ila Mashrab al-Muwahhidin al-Qa’ilin bi Wahdah al-Wujud (MS 1314, National Library of Malaysia), Daqa’iq al-Huruf (MS 1314, National Library of Malaysia) and Risalah A`yan Thabitah (MS 1314, National Library of Malaysia). The paper also discusses the terminology used by the Shaykh in order to explain the doctrine, the context of sunni sources like Qur’anic exegesis and the Prophetic traditions, and its relation with the theory of the creation in the context of Malay Sufi interpretation.

With best wishes,

--------------------------------------------------- Dr Annabel Teh Gallop Head, South & Southeast Asia section The British Library Asia, Pacific & Africa Collections 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
Tel: (00 44 0)20-7412 7661 Fax: (00 44 0)20-7412 7641 e-mail:

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


Semua warga UMM mengucapkan Selamat Tahun Baru 2008 dengan husnuzan, insyaAllah membawa banyak kejayaan untuk para pengunjung dari seluruh dunia.

UMM akan cuba lebih baik dan terancang pada tahun 2008 dan diharap anda akan memberi sokongan dalam bentuk komen dan sumbangan. Terima kasih.