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3 Serving the Muslim Community: Scholar and Publisher in Batavia (1862–1885)

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This chapter examines the life of Sayyid ʿUthman in the years after he settled in Batavia in 1862 until 1885. In Le Hadramout et les colonies arabes dans l'Archipel Indien, Van den Berg mentions that Sayyid ʿUthman owned a lithographic press and had recently given up teaching in order to devote himself entirely to writing. At the time, Sayyid ʿUthman already had 38 publications to his name. These publications can be roughly categorised into two types. First, there are brochures and books that find their origin in various controversies that occurred in society and which Sayyid ʿUthman became involved in as an expert in Islamic jurisprudence. Second, there are books of a more scholarly nature. The first group of publications provides greater insight into Sayyid ʿUthman's position as a leader in Muslim society, while the second type provides more information on his scholarly activities.

Keywords: Batavia; Islamic jurisprudence; lithographic press; Muslim society; Sayyid ʿUthman; Van den Berg



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