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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Dr Mulaika Hijjas

BA (Harvard), MPhil (Oxford), PhD (London)


Mulaika Hijjas
Department of South East Asia

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Mulaika Hijjas
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SOAS, University of London
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The Malay manuscript tradition; Islam in South East Asia; gender in the Malay world; modern literatures of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore


  • Didactic literature for women in the Malay manuscript tradition
  • The Malay manuscript tradition
  • Islam in South East Asia
  • Gender in the Malay world
  • Modern literatures of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore


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Regional Expertise
  • South East Asia
Country Expertise


Authored Books

Hijjas, Mulaika (2010) Victorious wives: the disguised heroine in nineteenth-century Malay syair. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

Book Chapters

Hijjas, Mulaika (2014) 'The Perak Regalia: Replicas and Originals.' In: Tan, Erika, (ed.), Come Cannibalise Us Why Don't You? Singapore: National University of Singapore Museum, pp. 119-120.

Hijjas, Mulaika (2013) 'The fruit of good intentions: Hikayat Darma Ta'sia in the National Library of Indonesia's Ml. 42.' In: Murtagh, Ben and Harun, Jelani, (eds.), Mengharungi laut sastera Melayu: esei penghargaan kepada Profesor Emeritus V.I. Braginsky. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, pp. 250-274.

Hijjas, Mulaika (2006) 'The Travels of Syair Sultan Abdul Muluk.' In: Guttman, Anna and Hockx, Michel and Paizis, George, (eds.), The Global Literary Field. Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 152-164.

Hijjas, Mulaika (2006) 'Reading the Romantic Syair: Women's Popular Literature in Nineteenth-Century Riau.' In: Watkins, Justin and Arai, Masami, (eds.), Proceedings of the SOAS/TUFS Postgraduate Symposium. Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, pp. 117-129.

Hijjas, Mulaika 'In Aisyah's Footsteps: Hikayat Darma Ta'sia from the National Library of Indonesia's MI. 42.' In: Murtagh, Ben and Harun, Jelani, (eds.), Crossing the Sea of Traditional Malay Literature: A Collection of Essays in Honour of Professor V.I. Braginsky. University Kebangsaan Malaysia Press. (Forthcoming)


Hijjas, Mulaika (2015) 'Entries 25 and 42 in A Jawi Sourcebook for the Study of Malay Palaeography and Orthography.' Indonesia and the Malay World, 43 (125). pp. 88-89.

Hijjas, Mulaika (2013) 'Guides for Mrs Nawawi: two nineteenth-century Malay reformist texts on the duties of wives.' Indonesia and the Malay World, 41 (120). pp. 215-236.

Hijjas, Mulaika (2010) 'Not Just Fryers of Bananas and Sweet Potatoes: Literate and Literary Women in the Nineteenth-Century Malay World.' Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 41 (1). pp. 153-172.

Hijjas, Mulaika (2010) 'The Legend You Thought You Knew: Text and Screen Representations of Puteri Gunung Ledang.' South East Asia Research, 18 (2). pp. 245-270.

Hijjas, Mulaika (2005) 'The Nursemaid’s Tale: Representations of the Inang in Syair Siti Zuhrah and Syair Sultan Mahmud.' Indonesia and the Malay World, 33 (97). pp. 265-279.

Hijjas, Mulaika (2004) 'Women Rajas in Two Classical Malay Texts.' Tenggara, 47/48 . pp. 39-48.

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