Language : English
Published : 2017-06-30
Pages : 336
Sovereign Women in a Muslim Kingdom: The Sultanahs of Aceh, 1641-1699
From a corroboration of contemporary indigenous texts and European Companies’ sources, especially the VOC’s, this book provides new evidence and a fresh perspective on the women who ruled in succession in Aceh for half a decade of the seventeenth century. Where women rulers are usually seen as unnatural calamities, a violation of nature comparable to having hens instead of roosters crowing at dawn, or even forbidden justified in the name of religion, this book demonstrates how their rule was legitimised by both Islam and adat (indigenous customary laws). It provides original insights on women style of leadership, their unique relations with their male elite and foreign European envoys who visited their court and interrogates received views on kingship in the Malay world and how an indigenous polity responded to European Companies in the age of early east-west encounters during Southeast Asia’s Age of Commerce.
About the Author
Sher Banu A.L. Khan is assistant professor at the Malay Studies Department, National University of Singapore
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Force 136 is the autobiography of a man who swore himself to two missions: first, to defend his homeland during the Japanese Occupation in the early 1940s; second, to make known to everyone the patriotic ardour of the resistance fighters, including the dauntless Lim Bo Seng.To the first cause, author Tan Chong Tee remains faithful, having risked his life in the daredevil stunts required of his calling, and suffered imprisonment and torment to keep the secrecy of the team. As to the second cause, it is his desire that in producing this English edition, readers worldwide will be able to recapture the events of World War II in this region. And his testimony is invaluable since there remain only nine survivors of Force 136 residing in Singapore left to tell their story.
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Based on long-term fieldwork in a Lao village that has been the subject of multiple poverty reduction and development programs, High’s account looks at implementation on the ground. While these efforts were laudable in their aims of reducing poverty, they often failed to achieve their objectives. Local people received them with suspicion and disillusionment. Nevertheless, poverty reduction policies continued to be renewed by planners and even desired locally. High relates this to the force of aspirations among rural Lao, ambivalent understandings of power and the “post-rebellious” moment in contemporary Laos.
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Just who are ‘the Malays’? This provocative study poses the question and considers how and why the answers have changed over time, and from one region to another. Anthony Milner develops a sustained argument about ethnicity and identity in an historical, ‘Malay’ context. The Malays is a comprehensive examination of the origins and development of Malay identity, ethnicity, and consciousness over the past five centuries.
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- Offers diplomatic speculation about ways Malay ethnicity will develop and be challenged in the future