SOAS University of London

South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Languages of South East Asia at SOAS: Malay

The form of Malay taught at SOAS is Indonesian. However, students wishing to learn more about the language and its literature before the division of Malay into Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia in the modern era may study with Dr Mulaika Hijjas, who specialises in the Malay manuscript tradition. At least one year of prior study in Malay or Indonesian is required to learn Jawi, the Perso-Arabic script used before the introduction of roman script.

Degree Programmes

Degree Course Options

Please Note: Not all courses and programmes are available every year

To find out more, try some of these books:

Braginsky, Vladimir. The Heritage of Traditional Malay Literature. Leiden: KITLV, 2004.

Gallop, Annabel Teh. “A Jawi Sourcebook: Introduction,” Indonesia and the Malay World 43:125 (2015), pp. 13-39.

Hijjas, Mulaika. Victorious Wives: the Disguised Heroine in 19th-Century Malay Syair. Singapore: NUS Press, 2010.