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Part I: The Pre-Islamic Period
Editor: Valerie Hansen
This is the first of two collections by top scholars working on the history of the Silk Road. This collection’s main focus is the first millennium CE when the Silk Road trade was at its height. Most of the entries are organized chronologically and geographically, concentrating on the sites (like Niya and Loulan) which flourished in the third and fourth centuries, then Turfan and Samarkand (500-800), and closes with the period after 800, when Tang China withdrew its troops from the region and the local peoples reverted to a largely barter economy. Coverage ends in 1000, when the first cities on the western edge of the Taklamakan converted to Islam. Introductory texts provide general overviews of the trade (including classic pre- and post-war studies), followed by a brief survey of the ancient trade routes. Of particular interest in this collection are the Silk Road’s most famous group of travellers, the Sogdians, a people from the region of Samarkand (in today's Uzbekistan) thanks to Chinese archaeologists who have recently uncovered several tombs that allow us to see how the Sogdians gradually adjusted to Chinese culture, decorating their tombs with detailed scenes of everyday life.
This political biography reveals the turbulent life of Ernest François Eugène Douwes Dekker, son of a Dutch father and a German-Javanese mother, born on Java in 1879. Vignettes flow in novel-like fashion from the battle fields of South Africa and internment camp in Sri Lanka to a career in journalism in Java. Radical thoughts then enter Douwes Dekker’s mind, such as demands for racial equality and national independence. These made him write presciently that this road might take him to the executioner's hand or to the victory of revolution. In exile from 1913 on, his bravado allowed him to enter a doctoral program at the University of Zurich but also to entanglement with Indian revolutionaries operating from Berlin. Returning to Java at the end of World War I, he once again propagated the virtues of nationalism, but soon was forced to relinquish his efforts and start a teaching career. Even here constant surveillance and eventual internment in Surinam were his lot.
Within a decade, the Republic of Indonesia had been proclaimed and Douwes Dekker emerged to acclaim as a close friend and political adviser to President Soekarno.
Editor: Wilhelm Röhl
This handbook volume traces the development of Japan’s feudal legal system into that of a modern type of a state, covering the period from the beginning of modernization in1886 to the end of the Pacific War, and, beyond that, the period of reorientation (1945-1950) and thereafter.
Each author follows closely the development of a main branch of the legal system, describing the path of a legal institution progressing through a semi-feudalistic period, the introduction of western views, as well as the coexistence and mixture of essentially Japanese and European or American notions at the same time.
A careful analysis of Japan’s dealings with its legal system through a time of unprecedented change, and therefore a must for historians and jurists alike.
The Feminist Movement in Singapore
Author: Lenore Lyons
This book examines the contemporary feminist movement in Singapore through an in-depth case study of the locally-based Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE). It examines the meanings attached to feminist activism by AWARE members, including the use of the label 'feminist' as a self-identifier by both individuals as well as the organisation as a whole. By exploring the range of activities that AWARE has been involved in since the mid-1980s, the text describes in detail the fraught relationship between feminism and the state in Singapore. The author uses the framework of transnational feminism to explore the ways in which gender, race/ethnicity, and class intersect in the construction of historically and culturally specific feminisms. The book will be of interest to scholars from a range of disciplines, including those working on gender studies, feminist history, and Southeast Asian studies.
Networks of Malay-Indonesian and Middle Eastern 'Ulamā' in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Author: A. Azra
Author: Traude Gavin
Author: Ellen Raven
Volume two, containing circa 2000 records selected from the annotated bibliographic database on South and Southeast Asian art and archaeology (formerly Annual Bibliography of Indian Archaeology) found at www.abia.net. Compiled by an international team of specialists brought together in a project of The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden. Features all forms of scholarly publications, ranging from survey works to small but important articles in monographs and journals, published world wide between 1997 and 2001.
Subjects include pre- and protohistory, historical archaeology, ancient art history, modern art history, material culture, epigraphy and palaeography, numismatics and sigillography (seals). Covered are South Asia and its culturally related regions (Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Tibet) and Southeast Asia (including related regions in South China and the Pacific). The detailed bibliographic descriptions (which faithfully reproduce the original diacritics), controlled keywords and many elucidating annotations make this reference work into an indispensable guide to recent scholarly work on the prehistory and arts of South/Southeast Asia.
Exploring Political, Cultural and Commercial Interaction in the Indian Ocean World, 1200-1800
Volume Editors: Jos Gommans and Jacques Leider
Situated at the periphery of both South and Southeast Asia, the maritime frontier of Burma (Arakan, Lower Burma and Tenasserim) has long been neglected area of study. In spite of its location at the outskirts of powerful Asian polities such as Taungngu Burma, Ayutthaya and Mughal India, it served as an important cultural and commercial crossroads connecting all the regions surrounding the Bay of Bengal. For the first time in Burmese studies, this volume explores the interactive elements of Coastal Burma's civilization by bringing together a unique array of scholars, both historians and art historians, both anglophones and francophones, both South Asianists and Southeast Asianists. The result is a creative and colorful pastiche that pays tribute to Burma's distinctive political, cultural and commercial place in the Indian Ocean world.
Author: H. Reenders
Dit boek verschijnt in de reeks publicaties uit Nederlandse zendingsarchieven betreffende de zending in Indonesië. Deze publicaties geven een globaal beeld van de structuur en werkwijze van zendingsorganisaties en vormen een belangrijk hulpmiddel voor de bestudering van hun geschiedenis. Aan de orde kwamen reeds de zending in Tanah Toraja, Sumba, Zuid-Sulawesi, West-Java en Midden-Java (1931-1975). Deze uitgave is de tweede publicatie over Midden-Java. Het bevat 272 zorgvuldig geselecteerde documenten (brieven van zendingsarbeiders en Javaanse evangelisten, visitatierapporten, notulen van vergaderingen e.d.) uit de periode voorafgaand aan de eerste synode van de Javaanse Christelijke Kerken (1931). In die tijd werkten de Nederlandse Gereformeerde Zendingsvereniging .(1859-1894) en de Gereformeerde Kerken in Nederland (1894-1931) in dit gebied, dat met recht 'het hart van Indonesië' genoemd wordt..Aan de orde komen o.m. de massale groei van de kerk in de tijd van Kyai Sadrach Soerapranata, diens veroordeling als dwaalleraar aan het eind van de 19e eeuw, de opkomst en organisatie van de kerkelijke zending, het grote aantal ziekenhuizen en Nederlandstalige scholen, de opstelling van de zending jegens de islam, de Javaanse cultuur, het kolonialisme en de nationalistische beweging en de gemeentevorming.
True Democrat, Fighter for Humanity, 1909-1966
Author: Rosihan Anwar