Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
Volume 93 Part 2, No. 319 December 2020

Editor's Note

Special Section on Malay Manuscripts

Literary Agents in the Malay World: Scribes and Copyists
- Jan van der Putten

The Production of the Bugis and Malay Manuscripts now in the Library of Congress - Roger Tol

Malay Manuscripts and Early Printed Books at the Library of Congress - A Kohar Rony

Malay and Bugis Manuscripts and Early Printed Books at the Library of Congress: An Update - Joshua Kueh

Pengembaraan La Galigo ke Washington D.C.: Memperkenalkan Husin bin Ismail - Roger Tol

The Perak Museum: Displaying Malaya in the Late Nineteenth Century
- Semine Long Calleson

Orang Asli Land and Resource Rights in the Malay States, 1874-1939
- Yogeswaran Subramaniam and Kirk Endicott

Tunku Badlishah Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah: A Postscript to the Bangkok-Kedah Personalised Relations
- Kobkua Suwannathat-Pian

Abandoned Daughters: Child Adoption by Indian Families in Pre-Independence Malaya and Singapore
- Theresa Devasahayam

Food and Ethnic Identity within the Cham Refugee and Community in Malaysia
- Rie Nakamura

Three Nineteenth Century Accounts of Malaya

- The Voyages of Father Pécot in the Malay Peninsula, 1821-23, translated and edited by Anthony and Helen Reid

- Tin and Its Native Land by Xavier Brau de Saint-Pol Lias

- Tin Production in Nineteenth Century Malaya by R. Caunter

A Nineteenth Century Account of Sumatra

- Aceh (Sumatra) by Xavier Brau de Saint-Pol Lias, translated from French into English by Colin Dyer


Book Reviews

Tuberculosis - The Singapore Experience, 1867-2018: Disease, Society and the State by Kah Seng Loh and Li Yang Hsu

Aristocracy of Armed Talent: The Military Elite in Singapore by Samuel Ling Wei Chan

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle: Nurturing Exclusivist Interpretations of Islam in the Malaysian Home Women by Serina Rahman

Wayang and its Doubles: Javanese Puppet Theatre, Television and the Internet by Jan Mrázek

Conceptualizing the Malay World: Colonialism and Pan-Malay Identity in Malaya by Soda Naoki

Women Warriors in Southeast Asia edited by Vina A. Lanzona and Frederik Rettig

90 Years in Singapore by Irene Lim

Life and Times of HRH by Herman Ronald Hochstadt

Speaking Truth to Power: Singapore's Pioneer Public Servants by Loke Hoe Yeong

The Xaverian Journey: The Story of a Lasallian School in Penang Malaysia, 1787-2019 by Francis Loh Kok Wah, Cecilia Ng and Anthony Rogers

Lessons from My School: The Journey of the French Nuns and their Convent Schools by Chen Yen Ling

Malay Seals from the Islamic World of Southeast Asia: Content, Form, Context, Catalogue by Annabel Teh Gallop

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