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Malay Manuscripts: A Guide to Paper and Watermarks. The Collected Works of Russell Jones (1972–2015)

Russell Jones 2021
Dr Farouk Yahya (SOAS)

Date: 27 October 2021Time: 11:00 AM

Finishes: 27 October 2021Time: 12:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Seminar


This special issue of the SOAS-based journal Indonesia and the Malay World gathers together the key works of the late Dr Russell Jones (1926–2019) on the paper used for copying Malay manuscripts and their watermarks. A pioneer in the field of Malay codicology, Dr Jones’ groundbreaking work transformed the way in which they were viewed and approached, and remain of fundamental importance today. Research on paper and watermarks can not only help us understand the development of the Malay manuscript tradition, but may also provide insights into the economic and social history of Southeast Asia. Guest edited by Dr Farouk Yahya, this special issue is a tribute to one of the founders of this journal, for his contribution and tireless efforts in this important field.

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Malay Manuscripts: A Guide to Paper and Watermarks. The Collected Works of Russell Jones (1972–2015)

Speaker Biography

Dr Farouk Yahya is Research Associate in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts, SOAS University of London. His research interests include the Southeast Asian arts of the book, as well as texts and images relating to magic and divination. He is the author of Magic and Divination in Malay Illustrated Manuscripts (Brill, 2016), editor of The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections (Areca Books, 2017), and co-editor of Islamicate Occult Sciences in Theory and Practice (Brill, 2021).

Organiser: SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

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