SOAS University of London

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

Dr Mulaika Hijjas

BA (Harvard), MPhil (Oxford), PhD (London)
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Mulaika Hijjas
South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Senior Lecturer in South East Asian Studies

The Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme

Scholarships Sub-board Member and Research & Publications Sub-board Member

Dr Mulaika Hijjas
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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


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught


  • 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.


Hijjas, Mulaika (2018) 'The trials of Rābi‘a al-‘Adawīyya in the Malay world: the woman Sufi in Hikayat Rabi‘ah.'. Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, (174) 2-3, pp 216-243.

Hijjas, Mulaika (2017) 'Marks of many hands: annotation in the Malay manuscript tradition and a Sufi compendium from west Sumatra'. Indonesia and the Malay World, (45) 132, pp 226-249.

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.

Book Chapters

Hijjas, Mulaika (2015) '"Penghulu segala perempuan": Fatima in Malay didactic texts for women'. In: Formichi, Chiara and Feener, R. Michael, (eds.), Shi'ism in South East Asia: 'Alid Piety and Sectarian Constructions. London: C. Hurst & Co., pp 79-98.

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) '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: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, pp 117-129.

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

Book Reviews

Hijjas, Mulaika (2018) 'Review of: Sher Banu A.L. Khan. Sovereign Women in a Muslim Kingdom: the Sultanahs of Aceh, 1641-1699. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2017.'. South East Asia Research, (26) 2, pp 213-215.


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