Sunday, July 25, 2021

PROF. Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Murad Merican

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The Space of Lautan Melayu: Kedah in the Transpeninsular Routes

FILIPINO historian Leonard Y. Andaya called it the “Sea of Malayu.”  The first reference to this space, is from an Arabic document dated circa...

Abdullah Munshi: Introducing the Malay World as Journalist, Sociologist and also Scientist

ABDULLAH Munshi is ignored by Malaysian journalism schools. It seems there is no proximity between the culture of journalism teaching to his writing orientations...

Yusof Ishak’s Utusan Melayu: The Genesis of Malay Newspaper Journalism

THE Singapura that Yusof Ishak (1910-70) lived was a continuation of the turn of the last century. It was a period of European imperialism. It...

The Brunei Connection: Genealogies and Perantaus in Pulau Pinang

HAJI Mohammad Salleh would never have imagined it when he was stranded at Kuala Perai in 1786.  He was on his way back to...

Riau-Lingga’s Rushdiah Club: Print Culture and Malay Enlightenment

THE Riau islands, especially Pulau Penyengat, the seat of the Johore-Riau kingdom until the 1800s, played a leading role as the vanguard of tradition...

Batik: Mirroring spiritual and cosmological space

LANDING yourself in Padang, West Sumatra, and travelling up to Bukittinggi would not necessarily lead you to see batik. The Minangkabaus are more known...

In Their Own Image: European Sojourners on Early Pulau Pinang and Malay History

IN the June 2018 issue of the Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (JMBRAS) I reviewed a book titled Penang...

Asmara, Nun, Kenchana: Impressions of Early Malay Newspapers and Periodicals

THE dynamism of early Bahasa Melayu newspapers and periodicals have largely been ignored.  In the universities, these are blatantly understudied. Students of journalism, of...

P Ramlee: The Getaran of the Modern Malay Hikayat Lives on

IN 2014, after moderating a talk at a heritage and conservation agency in Pulau Pinang, I was asked by the organizer on books pertaining...

Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa: The Genesis of Kedah’s Global Consciousness

A re-reading of Rum/Rom as narrated by such texts as the Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa (HMM) is inevitable. This is to demythologise the expanse of...

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