‘Many Makassars’: Tracing an African-Southeast Asian Narrative of Shaykh Yusuf of Makassar

  • Saarah Jappie
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


This chapter addresses the role of story in connections between Indonesia and South Africa over the longue durée. It focuses on the biography of influential Sufi scholar and political exile Shaykh Yusuf of Makassar (1627–1699), banished to the Cape of Good Hope in 1694 for resistance against the Dutch East India Company. By focusing on the content of Shaykh Yusuf’s biography and the afterlives of his story in and between Indonesia and South Africa, the chapter illuminates both the nature of early modern connections between these regions and the rupture, revisiting and revival of these Afro-Asian flows in the postcolonial period.


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  • Saarah Jappie
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  1. 1.Princeton UniversityNew JerseyUSA

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