Little Moro "paddling his own canoe," Arrowhead Lake, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Missouri, 1904.
Sacred Empire: American Missionaries and Filipino Muslims, 1898–1913
Brown Bag Lunch
Series: International Security Brown Bag Seminar
Open to the Public - Taubman 275
May 4, 2009
|Speaker:||Karine Walther, Research Fellow, Initiative on Relgion in International Affairs/Dubai Initiative/International Security Program|
When the United States took administrative and military control of the Philippines after the Spanish-American War of 1898, they created a "Moro Province" to govern all Filipino Muslims. Although this province grouped together thirteen different cultural-linguistic groups, Islam was the sole factor uniting these peoples; religious identity was the primary tool of classification for U.S. government officials. The colonial government subjected the Moro Province to a unique set of laws, which they believed necessary to regulate Muslims' exceptional character traits. American missionaries became crucial actors influencing U.S. policy with regards to the governance of Filipino Muslims, demonstrating the importance of nongovernmental organizations in shaping U.S. policy.
Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come-first served basis.
ISP Program Coordinator
International Security Program, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Mailbox 53, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
HARVARD Kennedy School