Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
Volume 92 Part 1, No. 316 June 2019

In Memoriam
Tan Sri Professor Dr Khoo Kay Kim (1937-2019)

Producing Malaya: The Photography of Carl A. Gibson-Hill.
- Brendan Luyt

Revisiting Christian Missionaries in Colonial Malaya and Singapore: Blurring the Boundaries between Empire, Mission and Development
- Sandra Hudd

Boo Chih Fu and the First Malayan Communist Split
- Marc Opper

(Trans)National Service: Reconfiguring Citizenship through Conscription in Singapore
- Theophilus Kwek

Passages From Singapore History

- The "highly interesting" Settlement of "Sincapore", 1819-1825 compiled by Paul Kratoska


Book Reviews

Through Turbulent Terrain: Trade of the Straits Port of Penang by Loh Wei Leng with Jeffrey Seow

Diaries of F. W. Foxworthy: Malaysia's First Forest Research Officer edited by F. S. P. Ng

Islam in Southeast Asia: Negotiating Modernity edited by Norshahril Saat

Cosmopolitan Intimacies: Malay Film Music of the Independence Years by Adil Johan

Cellulloid Singapore: Cinema, Performance and the National by Edna Lim

Special Relationship in the Malay World: Indonesia and Malaysia by Ho Ying Chan

Framing Asian Studies: Geopolitics and Institutions edited by Albert Tzeng, William L. Richter and Ekaterina Kolduva

Hamka and Islam: Cosmopolitan Reform in the Malay World by Khairudin Aljunied

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JULY 1878

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