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Title: <Articles>Playing along the Perak River: Readings of an Eighteenth-Century Malay State
Authors: Bakar, Husni Abu
Keywords: Malay
Issue Date: Apr-2015
Publisher: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
Journal title: Southeast Asian Studies
Volume: 4
Issue: 1
Start page: 157
End page: 190
Abstract: This essay questions the construction of cartographic, historical, and literary artifacts underlying the cognitive foundations of an eighteenth-century Southeast Asian state on the Malay Peninsula—Perak—by exploring alternative modes of reading. Through a narratological and historiographical exploration of nonconventional textual elements in Misa Melayu—a Malay text that contains accounts of Perak’s statecraft— and several other primary and secondary sources, I seek new, alternative, more playful, and enlightening ways of navigating and thinking about a Malay(sian) geopolitical entity beyond prescribed Cartesian maps and boundaries.
Rights: ©Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
Appears in Collections:Vol.4 No.1

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