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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Pre-Modern historical Texts of Java, Bali and the Malay World in English Translation (Masters)

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Course Not Running 2015/2016
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Term 1
This course will provide an in depth study of a number of pre-modern Malay, Javanese and Balinese key texts translated into English, which demonstrate the salient features of indigenous historical and political doctrines. It will investigate the character, structure and content of pre-modern sources on history and politics in the Malay-Indonesian world. It aims to develop methods for working with traditional primary sources on history, politics and culture. It also aims to develop an understanding of the traditional and modern elements in Malay-Indonesian historiography and politics. It will continue to develop written and oral skills of presentation. In particular to learn to use textual examples to backup arguments and hypotheses. It will develop experience and knowledge of the various Indonesian/Malay bibliographic and other library resources.


A total of 11 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.

Method of assessment

One two hour examination taken in May/June (60%); one essay of 4,000 words to be submitted on day 1, week 1 of the following term.

Suggested reading

A comprehensive reading list for this course will be supplied by the convenor at the beginning of the course.