Brill's Southeast Asian Library

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Bruce Lockhart
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Brill’s Southeast Asian Library (SEAL) presents scholarly readers with outstanding scholarship covering all regions of Southeast Asia, especially mainland Southeast Asia, on topics from the past to the present day. Featuring both monographs and edited volumes, it offers rigorously peer-reviewed and enduring contributions from the full spectrum of humanities and social science disciplines.

Bruce Lockhart has been teaching at the Department of History, National University of Singapore since 1998, following six years of work in Vietnam and Laos. Dr Lockhart’s research focus on the countries of mainland Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. He has been especially interested in the topic of kings and monarchy, but is now spending more and more time thinking about how these countries perceive and write their own history as well. He has published a book on the last Vietnamese ruler: The End of The Vietnamese Monarchy (Yale Council on Southeast Asian Studies, 1993) and is working on a book on constitutional monarchy in Thailand. He has published several articles and book chapters on modern Vietnamese and Lao historiography.

Julian Millie's doctoral dissertation was based on his experience over fourteen months attending an Islamic intercession ritual practiced by the Sundanese people of West Java. The PhD experience made him interested in the problem that continues to motivate his research today: the conventions and routines of Islamic life were established within Indonesia’s Muslim populations well before the nation achieved its independence, but are often marginalised by the modes of subjectivity and political participation that are inherent to contemporary governance. He researched this tension in his post-doctoral work on Islamic preaching, which was published in Hearing Allah’s Call: Preaching and performance in Indonesian Islam (Cornell University 2017). This tension continues to inform his research on embodied Islamic practice and the Indonesian Ministry of Religion. Since 2020, Julian has been the Professor of Indonesian Studies at Monash University.
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