Bio

I am a historian at the National University of Singapore. I specialize in legal history, histories of Southeast Asia, Islamic law, mobilities, and the Indian Ocean. My book Fluid Jurisdictions: Arab Diaspora under Colonial Rule in Southeast Asia is published by Cornell University Press. My second book will be on the history of land reclamation in the British Empire. I currently serve on the editorial boards of Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Journal of Global History and Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies.

I can be reached at hisny@nus.edu.sg and I tweet here. Here’s my latest CV.