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Dr Farouk Yahya


A short biography

Farouk Yahya is a Research Associate in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts, SOAS University of London. His research interests include the Southeast Asian arts of the book, as well as texts and images relating to magic and divination in Southeast Asia. He is the author of Magic and Divination in Malay Illustrated Manuscripts (Leiden: Brill, 2016), editor of The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections (Penang: Areca Books, 2017), and co-editor of Islamicate Occult Sciences in Theory and Practice (Leiden: Brill, 2021).

Latest article:

Farouk Yahya, “Paper Wheels with Strings Used for Divination from Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula”, Manuscript Cultures 19 (2023): pp. 31-54.