Pelras, Christian


No website on Sulawesi would be complete without the scholarship of Christian Pelras. The OXIS site holds few of his publications as most are the copyright of the journal Archipel. A complete set of Pelras’ thirty-two articles on South Sulawesi, in English and French, was published in 2010 as Explorations dans l'univers des Bugis (Cahiers d’Archipel vol. 39). It is available for €35 from  His monograph The Bugis is available under Books.

Individual copies of Archipel containing his articles can be downloaded from


Pelras, Christian (transl. Campbell Macknight). 2016. Orality and writing among the Bugis. International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies 12(1):13–51.

2000. Patron-client ties among the Bugis and Makassarese of South Sulawesi. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 156(3):393-432. 

1994. Religion, tradition, and the dynamics of Islamization in South Sulawesi. Indonesia 29:133-54.

1977. Les premières données occidentales concernant Célèbes-sud. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 133(2/3):227-260.