Malay Kingship in Kedah : Religion, Trade, and Society
Mozaffari Falarti, Maziar (2012) Malay Kingship in Kedah : Religion, Trade, and Society. AsiaWorld. Rowman & Littlefield (Lexington), Lanham.
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The book probes and examines traditional sources of royal power and control, as well as indigenous socio-political systems in the Malay world. It is focused on the north-western Malaysian Sultanate of Kedah which is acknowledged as the oldest unbroken independent kingship line in the ‘Malay and Islamic world’ with 1,000 years of history. Little scholarly attention has been paid to its pre-modern history, society, religion, system of government and unique geographic situation, potentially controlling both land and sea lines of communication into the remainder of Southeast Asia. It will thus provide the first comprehensive treatment in English, or other languages, on Kedah’s pre-modern and nineteenth century historiography and can provide a foundation for comparative studies of the various Malay states which is presently lacking. The proposed book also sheds much needed light on a range of important topics in Malay history including: Kedah and the northern Melaka Straits history, colonial expansion and rivalry, Southeast Asian history and politics, interregional migration and the influence of the sea peoples or orang laut, traditional Malay socio-political and economic life, Islamic influences and the course of Thai-Malay relations. The book attempts to offer a new understanding, not only of Kedah, but of the political and cultural development of the entire Malay world and of its relationships with the broader forces in both its continental and maritime settings. It argues that Kedah does not seem to follow, and in fact, often seems to contradict what has been commonly been accepted as the “typical model” of the traditional Malay state. Thus it concludes that the ruling dynasty has historically exploited a wide range of unique environmental conditions, local traditions, global spiritual trends and economic forces to preserve and strengthen its political position.
The scope and theme of book
The Kedah Sultanate is the oldest unbroken independent kingship lines in the “Malay world” with 1,000 years of history, and arguably one of the oldest in the Islamic world. In this study I examine key geopolitical and spiritual attributes of Malay kingship that have traditionally cemented the ruler, the peoples, and the environment.
Brief description of the primary audience for the book:
There is little written in English or Malay on Kedah’s pre twentieth century history. The available sources only look at certain aspects of Kedah’s history, are outdated or are confined to a specific period often outside the scope of the book. It is therefore anticipated that the readership and market for the book includes: • Scholars of Southeast Asian history, Islam, kingship, trade. • Academics & Historians (including: Asian, Thai history, Islamic, Maritime, Persian, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Colonial) • Libraries • Students, particularly those in Malaysia (especially the states of Kedah, Perlis and Penang), Thailand and Singapore. • Universities • Scholars and students in Political Science & International Relations
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|Additional Information:||Foreword by Professor Carl A. Trocki (PhD, Cornell) Emeritus Professor of Asian Studies Affiliated Queensland University of Technology (QUT) & the University of Sunshine Coast Reviewed favourably on the publishers website by the eminent Southeast Asian Luce Professor Henk M. J. Maier: Maziar Mozaffari Falarti's book is different: a radically novel presentation of the history of Kedah, one of the oldest powerhouses on the Malay Peninsula, inspired by a wide variety of texts that have been unknown and inaccesible to other historians of Malaysia. The author manages to make sense of Kedah in a global context, and in the process, leads our understanding of the dynamics of might and right in the Malay world and beyond along new vistas. Impressive and exciting work. — Hendrik M. J. Maier, Luce Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, University of California, Riverside Table Of Contents List of Maps & Illustrations Foreword (Professor C. A. Trocki) Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction Chapter 1: From Raja to Sultan: The Islamic Conversion of the Tantric Malay Ruler Chapter 2: The Malay Ethos: The Sultan and his Subjects Chapter 3: Controlling Kedah’s maritime lines of communication: The Sultan and the Raja di-laut, or Sea Lords Chapter 4: Bay to Gulf or Gulf to Bay: the Sultan and the trans-peninsular routes of Kedah Conclusion Bibliography|
|Keywords:||Kedah or Quedah, Southeast Asian History, Premodern History, Malaysian history, Sea peoples or sea gypsies or orang laut, orang asli or aboriginal or indigenous peoples of Malay peninsula, transpeninsular routes, entrepot, bugis or makassar or illanun or iranun or minangkabou, penang or pinang or prince of wales island, trade routes, melaka or malacca straits, religious conversion, malay ethos, malay kingship, tantric, sultan, raja, ramayana or mahabharata, hikayat, marong mahawangsa, siamese invasion, aceh or atjeh or acheh, islam, sufism or sufi, bay of bengal, songkhla or singora, patani or northern malay, persia or persian, malay study, wayang kulit or shadow puppet, indigenous political systems, asian history, royal geneology, gulf of siam, langkawi or lancavi, Naga or Naga worship|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics Business and Management) (130205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > OTHER ECONOMICS (149900) > Comparative Economic Systems (149901)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Comparative Government and Politics (160603)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > International Relations (160607)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Asian History (210302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Middle Eastern and African History (210310)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Historical Studies not elsewhere classified (210399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS (220400) > Comparative Religious Studies (220402)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS (220400) > Islamic Studies (220403)
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|Deposited On:||02 Oct 2012 02:49|
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