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Spirit Carvings Of The Mah Meri Of MalaysiaSpirit Carvings Of The Mah Meri Of Malaysia by Crowe, Peter

Over the years the Mah Meri have become noted for producing extremely fine spirit carvings made out of wood sourced from the mangroves. This book contains photographs of an extensive collection of some of these Mah Meri masks and sculptures. Apart from a brief history of the Mah Meri and the background to their spiritual beliefs, this book also delves into the background of the carvers who produced these works of art, historically and up to the present. There are now an increasing number of international collectors of these works of art. This affords the Mah Meri an opportunity to earn a living at a time when they, in common with other groups of Orang Asli, find their lifestyle coming under increasing threat from outside influences. Spirit Carvings of the Mah Meri seeks to preserve the designs of the carvings produced by this talented people.

Ismail Hashim-Essays, Interviews & ArchievesIsmail Hashim-Essays, Interviews & Archieves by Ismail Hashi

This monograph comprises four parts: Part I has four essays that contextualise Ismail's early formative years. They elucidate the people and art historical developments that shaped his works, and analyse their formal, aesthetic and thematic thrusts. In Part II, the monograph shifts from the intellectual and theoretical to the personal. Parts III and IV are to be read and seen as reflective of each other, and constitute the core of the Ismail Hashim Project, an experiment with a breadth and scope likely never attempted before in Malaysia.

Black And Red: The Art Of Pak SamadBlack And Red: The Art Of Pak Samad by Dinsman, Chan Yong Sin

Pak Samad is a much celebrated Malaysian poet, writer and activist. He is also an unassuming modern artist who has had a few solo exhibitions under his belt at a number of important art venues over the years. His works, mostly ink drawings and paintings on paper expressed in the abstract and expressionist idiom, reflect his private thoughts and observations on life, capturing the intense moments in socio-political situations or events which he has become an ardent participant in recent years. The exhibition showcases more than 40 piece of ink on paper works selected from the private collection of Helmy, Pak Samad's son who is also entrusted with the publication right of his huge body of literature since 2003.

Al-Ghazali: Mishkah Al Anwar: The Niche For LightsAl-Ghazali: Mishkah Al Anwar: The Niche For Lights by Al-Ghazali

This treatise gives an intimate glimpse of the inner life and esoteric thought of Imam al-Ghazali. It begins where his autobiographical Deliverance From Error leaves off. It basically expounds the celebrated Light verse (24:35) from the Qur'an and the subject of Veils from the hadith. These are further elaborated in three sections; one studying the various meanings of "Light", another on symbolic language in the Qur'an and Hadith, and the final section concludes by applying the results of this symbology to the verse and hadith in question.

Reunion At The GraveyardReunion At The Graveyard by Tan Ean Nee; Noraeni Mohamed; Tan Ean Nee

A true story of a lady who was determined to search for the truth of her origins.

Karpal Singh: True Malaysian (Special Commemorative Edition)Karpal Singh: True Malaysian (Special Commemorative Edition) by Loovi, Melissa

This book showcases more than a hundred photographs, many of them rare and unpublished. Readers can share Karpal Singh's photographic journey of life from his younger days during the post-World War II period, the pre-and post-Merdeka years, as well as his political activism from the early 1970s until today. This reprint edition of Karpal Singh: True Malaysian is published in commemoration of the first snniversary of his passing. It contains additional commemorative postcards, photographs from his funeral and a special poem dedication by his widow, Mdm Gurmit.

Ipoh: When Tin Was King (Vol. 1 & 2)Ipoh: When Tin Was King (Vol. 1 & 2) by Ho Tak Ming

In spite of being sidelined as an official town by the colonial government, Ipoh could still consider herself the most favoured of Malayan towns. For she had one thing in abundance - tin! Tin gave Ipoh more millionaires than any other Malayan town; it gave her confidence and vibrancy; it gave her a soul. This is the story of Ipoh's Golden Age, an era that is now shrouded in the mist of time, but which present-day Ipohites can take pride in and draw inspiration from.

This Law Of Ours And Other EssaysThis Law Of Ours And Other Essays by Muhamad Asad

The thesis propounded in this book is based on several essays published in the periodical Arafat, which the author wrote and edited in the 1940s. Arafat was a "one man's journal", a kind of journalistic monologue meant to clarify the great confusion prevailing in the Muslim Ummah as to the scope and the practical implications of Islamic Law. The aim of this book is to contribute something to a clarification of this fundamental issue confronting the world of Islam in this period of transition.

Phoenix Rising: Pioneering Chinese Women Of MalaysiaPhoenix Rising: Pioneering Chinese Women Of Malaysia by Ho Tak Ming

The book traces the history of Chinese women in Malaysia from the Baba-Nyonya or peranakan China community of Malacca in the 15th century, their spread to the other settlements of the Straits Settlements (Penang, Singapore), and the gradually increasing influx of women from China from the nineteenth century onwards as wives of the Chinese immigrants who had settled in the country, and to work as domestic servants, manual labourers and prostitutes to cater for the large numbers of mining coolies. Although Chinese women have had to struggle with various injustices throughout their history, their circumstances in British Malaya were different. Under the law they were the equal of men, but social conditions took some time to evolve to give them full equality. However, Chinese women became successful entrepreneurs through their own ability, and through education, many of them became distinguished professionals.

Glimpses Of Penang's PastGlimpses Of Penang's Past by Loh Wei Leng

Selected and introduction by Badriyah Haji Salleh and Loh Wei Leng, this selection of articles provide a bird's eye view of Penang's past. It covers broad themes such as the British imperial enterprise and the incorporation of their Southeast Asian settlement into the world economy as suppliers of raw materials and importers of western manufactures; the agency of local actors in the face of Anglo-Dutch rivalry; and the myriad consequences of imperialism - political, economic, social and cultural.

Are We Protected? Malaysian Defence UncoveredAre We Protected? Malaysian Defence Uncovered by Lam Choong Wah

The majority of the Malaysian public are not interested in national defence. For those who are interested, they will face another problem - limited information. This book aims to provide general information on Malaysia's defence sector to the layman-majority of Malaysia. Aside from that, this book also aims to increase defence knowledge among the public, paving a way for the creation of a civil defence monitoring mechanism.

Kerajaan: Malay Political Culture On The Eve Of Colonial RuleKerajaan: Malay Political Culture On The Eve Of Colonial Rule by Milner, Anthony (Ed.)

First published in 1982, this is a pioneering, provocative study of Malay political thought on the eve of colonial rule - based on both Malay and European source materials, and addressing issues that continue to be critical in Malaysia today. Focusing on both the Malay peninsula and North Sumatra, Kerajaan is innovative in approach - an historical investigation informed by methodologies developed in anthropology and literary criticism. The book argues that such close analyses of non-Western social thought are essential to achieve a genuinely global history, addressing the full variety of human perspectives and experience. In 2003 the US Association for Asian Studies selected Kerajaan as one of the 25 'works of major importance to historical studies' and 'most frequently cited in the literature' in the field of Southeast Asian history.

Death Of The Dragon God Lake: Voices From Tasik Chini, MalaysiaDeath Of The Dragon God Lake: Voices From Tasik Chini, Malaysia by Parker, Isabel Crabtree; Jonathan C. Parker Et Al.

Death of the Dragon God Lake is a family ethnography focusing on the Jakun of Tasik Chini, Malaysia, and their contemporary struggles. The Orang Asli West Malaysia's indigenous people - comprise only 0.6 percent of the country's total population, and within this group, the Jakun of Tasik Chini number around 500. While recent decades have seen efforts to 'modernise' them, this official spin cloaks the denial of Orang Asli self-determination and the concurrent damage being done to their traditional land. As part of their condensed ethnography, the authors conducted interviews and field discussion groups, observed the adults and children living around Tasik Chini, and gathered information about their lives today and how they compare with the recent past. The lake is polluted, the children unable to swim in it as their parents did, and the natural beauty of the surroundings has been eroded, having an impact on tourism as well. With awareness of their positionality as foreign anthropologists, the authors examine the contradiction between the authorities' and indigenous narratives, and reveal the efforts made by Tasik Chini community members to improve their situation on their own terms.

Malayan Emergency, The: Essays On A Small, Distant WarMalayan Emergency, The: Essays On A Small, Distant War by Yao Souchou

Throughout the book runs a passionate concern for the lives and struggles of ordinary men and women in colonial Malaya. Here, the effect of counterinsurgency measures are captured by the anthropologist's art of ethnography and cultural analysis. Among the vignettes are an ethnographic encounter with a woman ex-guerrilla, and the author's remembrance of his insurgent-cousin killed in a police ambush. As such, this fascinating study examines the Emergency afresh, and in the process brings into focus issues not normally covered in other accounts: nostalgia and failed revolution, socialist fantasy and ethnic relations, and the moral costs of modern counterinsurgency.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #09: The Extensive Salafization Of Malaysian IslamTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #09: The Extensive Salafization Of Malaysian Islam by Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid

The form of Islam normatively understood and practised in Malaysia, i.e. Malaysian Islam, has undergone myriad changes since the 1970s as a result of gradual Salafization. Powered by Saudi Arabian largesse and buoyed by the advent of the Internet, this new wave of Salafization has eclipsed an earlier Salafi trend that spawned the Kaum Muda reformist movement. Salafization, referring to a process of mindset and attitudinal transformation rather than the growth of Salafi nodes per se, is not restricted to individuals or groups identified as "Salafi", but rather affects practically all levels of Malay-Muslim society, cutting across political parties, governmental institutions and non-state actors. It has resulted in Islamist, rather than Islamic, ideals increasingly defining the tenor of mainstream Islam in Malaysia, with worrying consequences for both intra-Muslim and inter-religious relations. Responses to the Wahhabi-Salafi onslaught from the Malay-Muslim ruling elite in Malaysia have been ambivalent, and have had weak counteracting effects on the Salafization process.

Malaysian Chinese Primary School, The A Century Of Toil And DedicationMalaysian Chinese Primary School, The A Century Of Toil And Dedication by Fong Chan Onn

Throughout human history, whenever people moved to a new land they sought to preserve practices from their place of origin, whether that was in the form of their language, religion, culture or cuisine. Wherever Chinese have settled in significant numbers outside of China, they established schools in a bid to retain their mother tongue. Within the reality of Malaysia's multi-ethnic fabric, the Chinese community has also sought to preserve its cultural roots through vernacular education. This photo-journal attempts to describe the Malaysian Chinese primary school system's challenging journey over the last century. Legally defined as "National-Type" Chinese Primary Schools, SJKCs have become a social institution with a significant role in nation building in a multi-ethnic setting.

Ah Lao And The Paper MenAh Lao And The Paper Men by Wong Ming Yook

Ordinary people live extraordinary lives. Ah Lao and the Paper Men features fourteen stories which draw back the curtain on the inner lives of such ordinary people to reveal intimate and touching tales of love and loss, hope and despair, wonder and joy. This collection of short stories reminds the reader that each character's experience of the surface and mundane merely veils the depth and possibilities that life promises to all.

Association: A Part Of The World No Longer ApartAssociation: A Part Of The World No Longer Apart by Mohamed Bolkiah

Association describes one of the most exciting and inspiring episodes in modern political, economic and social history. It tells how a geographical location known as Southeast Asia, once reputed to be the most dangerous and unstable region on earth, has become the home of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian nations, and a much-admired symbol of regional and international cooperation. It is far more, however, than a political, economic and social history. It is a human story, at the heart of which is the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, a gathering of regional Foreign Ministers, whose members, ever since its founding, have placed the human agency ahead of all historical and ideological considerations. It is described through the eyes of its longest-serving member, one whose earliest mentors were the Association's Founding Fathers themselves. The book intertwines documentary, academic, artistic and graphic content in an overall tribute to the more than six hundred million people of Southeast Asia.

Peninsula: A Story Of MalaysiaPeninsula: A Story Of Malaysia by Rehman Rashid

This is a personal memoir amounting to a report on the generational changes Malaysia has undergone since Independnece, examining their roots in the past and implications for the future, by one who lived through them. The narrative unravels the many strands of Malaysian history and how they braided themselves into this nation as it is in the 21st century, each contributing to the whole while striving to remain true to itself.

Gila: A Journey Through Moods & MadnessGila: A Journey Through Moods & Madness by Hanna Alkaf

Here are the untold stories of the men and women living with mental illness in Malaysia, as well as those who love, care for, work with and fight for them. Filled with heart-wrenching personal stories, expert commentary, and helpful resources from patients, caregivers, psychologists, psychiatrists, volunteers and advocates, GILA offers a glimpse into a rarely seen or spoken-of world: the Malaysian mental health industry.