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IIAS Newsletter 27 Spring 2002



Lest we forget, the burning of cultural objects such as musical instruments and manuscripts, the destruction of statues and images considered idols, and the wartime pillage and trade in valuable cultural artefacts – none of this type of devastation is new to humankind. However, seemingly out of sight and memory, as we turn our gazes away, some of the shards left behind in the rubble are picked up and saved. When considering this issue’s theme section, we were hesitant that anything on Afghanistan would wade into the mire of political debate, which is not our mandate; however, and especially in this case, to assume a dismissive posture to political issues would also be inappropriate. Thus, we asked some prominent scholars to describe their work, their findings and, if possible, their experiences in the field ...


Editorial Page

Editorial / Tanja Chute

A Word about the EC’s New Document, Europe and Asia / Wim Stokhof


General News

Enhancing the EU’s Partnership with Asia / Chris Patten (p.1, 3 - 4)

IIAS Annual Lecture: The Question Round East Asia

An Interview with Professor Chenmain Wang / Masayuki Sato

Uighur Muslims and Separatism in China / Sean Yom

The WWF in China and Chinese Environmentalism Today / Marloes Rozing


Theme: Afghanistan. Picking up the Pieces

Introduction / Tanja Chute & Ellen M. Raven

Ancient Afghanistan through the Eyes of Charles Masson (1800-1853) / Elizabeth Errington

Travelogue of an Ethnomusicologist / Jan van Belle

11 Ethnomusicological Research in Afghanistan / John Baily

12 On Kings and Nomads / Nicholas Sims-Williams

13 The Destruction of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage / Osmund Bopearachchi

14 The Chaman-i-Hazuri Hoard / Ellen M. Raven

15 It is Time to Pick up Stones / Victor Sarianidi

15 The Buddhas of Bamiyan (continued) / Juliette van Krieken

16 Ellen M. Raven: Guest Editor
Josephine Powell
Kern Institute & Gerda Theuns-de Boer
/ Tanja Chute


Research & Reports


23 The Life of Hindus in Britain / Shalini Sharma

24 Asia in Europe, Europe in Asia / Mario Rutten & Srilata Ravi

24 New Global Networking in the Automobile Industry / Yuri Sadoi

25 Renegotiations of the Public and the Private in the Netherlands / Rajni

25 Asian Artisans and Small-Scale Producers in the Global Economy / Mario Rutten & Tim Scrase

 Southeast Asia

18 Rethinking the Islamization of the Malay World / Farish Noor

21 The Religious Factor in Recent Political Transformations in Southeast Asia / Johan Meuleman & Andrée Feillard

26 Media, State, & NGOs and the Imagining of the Mentawaian Community / Myrna Eindhoven

26 Coping, Adapting, Thriving / Matthew Isaac Cohen

27 Caught between Three Fires / Muhamad Hisyam

28 Overcoming Terminological Ethnocentrism / Cliff Goddard

29 Madame Butterfly in a Robinson Reading / Doris Jedamski

30 The Leviathan’s Military Arm / Tobias Rettig

30 Indonesia across Orders / Evelien Buchheim, Remco Raben & Peter Post

31 Decolonizations, Loyalties and Nations / John Kleinen & Remco Raben

32 Java through the Eyes of Van Kinsbergen / Gerda Theuns-de Boer

33 New Horizons for Social Research using Digital Media in Southeast Asia / Aileen Toohey and Roxana Waterson East Asia

19 Japan as Imagined by Arabs / Mona Abaza

20 Xun Zi in the Intellectual Context of Early China / Masayuki Sato

21 In Search of the Chinese Muslim Diaspora / Eric Germain

22 Moving toward a Mature, Balanced Stage of Studying Christianity in China / Peter Chen-main Wang




42 Books Received

52 CLARA Publications

 Central Asia

40 Tibetan Pilgrimage Texts / Toni Huber

41 Kantanjur and Tibetan Information Technology / Tashi Tsering

 South Asia

39 Madhumalati: An Indian Sufi Romance / Thomas de Bruijn

39 Agniyuger Agnikatha “Yugantar” / Victor van Bijlert

39 Bengal: Rethinking History / Victor van Bijlert

40 A Journalist’s Encyclopaedia on the Democratic Movement in Nepal / Mark Turin

 Southeast Asia

36 Lee Kuan Yew: The Beliefs Behind the Man / Andras Hernadi

36 The Rise and Fall of a Javanese Saint / Michael Laffan

37 Atlas of Laos / Loes Schenk-Sandbergen

 East Asia

34 The Logic of Japan’s Mori-bund Politics / Richard Boyd

35 Tak-Wing Ngo’s Hong Kong’s History / Angela Schottenhammer

38 Fictions of Desire / Leith Morton


Asian Art & Cultures

43 Editorial / Kristy Phillips

43 Empty Hands: Iranian Feminists Reach Out / Alisa Eimen

44 A Serendipitous Sojourn / Thomas Cooper

45 Afghanistan: Iconoclastic Fury Unleashed Again / Sebastian López

46 Signs of Artistic Times in China / Thomas Berghuis

46 Asian Art Online / Thomas Berghuis

47 Art Agenda / The Gate Foundation (47 - 48)



 IIAS News

49 IIAS Staff
IIAS Research Programmes & Projects
IIAS Agenda

50 IIAS Research Fellows

51 A Giant’s Step to Sri Lanka / Ellen Raven
“Syntax” Update: A Postverbal Modal in Cantonese and Mandarin /
Rint Sybesma

52 Reconstructing the Historical Tradition of 20th-Century Indonesian Labour / Ratna Saptari

53 Islam in Indonesia: First Annual Programme Seminar / Johan Meuleman
Short Update: Islam in Indonesia / Sabine Kuypers

52 The KNAW Programme
BIORIN: Biotechnological Research Indonesia-the Netherlands / Huub

 General News

58 ASEF 5-Year Anniversary


54 First TANAP Workshop held in Singapore / Henk Niemeijer
Dutch Gold in Madras / Lennart Bes
TANAP Diary / Mahesh Gopalan & Muridan S. Widjojo

 Asia Alliance News

55 Asia Alliance Short Update / Sabine Kuypers
The Alliance Partners
The Annual Asia-Europe Workshop Series

 ICAS 3 News

56 International Convention of Asia Scholars
Announcing ICAS 3
ESF Asia Committee News
European Associations for Asian Studies

57 The ESF Asia Committee
The European Science Foundation
Asia Committee after 2001
/ Sabine Kuypers
ESF Asia Committee Travel Grants 2001 - 2002

58 Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network / Maria Jaschok & Cecilia Milwertz


58 Asia-Europe Market Place of Museums / Willem Vermont


59 Chewing the West/ Doris Jedamski
Asian Contributions to the Formation of Modern Science / Frits Staal
Contextualization of Christianity in China / Peter Chen-main Wang
Global E-Quality / Jeroen de Kloet

60 Mountain Populations & Their Vision for the Future / Peter Schachenmann & Hanta Rabetaliana
Burma-Myanma(r) Research and its Future / Gustaaf Houtman
Fourth Avignon Conference on Slavery and Forced Labour / Gwyn Campbell

62 International Conference Agenda (62 - 63)