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Eric Tagliacozzo

Director, Comparative Muslim Societies Program
Eric Tagliacozzo


Eric Tagliacozzo is the director of the Comparative Muslim Societies Program and a professor in the Department of History. Much of his work has centered on the history of people, ideas, and material in motion in and around Southeast Asia, especially in the late colonial age.

His first book, Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asian Frontier (Yale, 2005), examined many of these ideas by analyzing the history of smuggling in the region. His most recent book is The Longest Journey: Southeast Asians and the Pilgrimage to Mecca (Oxford, 2013). 

Several edited volumes also look at Southeast Asia’s connections with the Middle East; at the idea of Indonesia over a 2,000-year period; at Sino-Southeast Asian contact over the last millennium; and at the meeting of history and anthropology generally (and conceptually) as disciplines.