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Conceptualizing the Malay World
Colonialism and Pan-Malay Identity in Malaya

SODA Naoki (東京外国語大学 / 著者)
出版年月: 2020年2月
出版社: Kyoto University Press & Trans Pacific Press
ISBN: 9784814002757
本文言語: 英語




Conceptualizing the Malay World explores the interrelations between the indigenization of “colonial knowledge” and the quest for pan-Malay identity in Malaya. In what way, to what extent and for what purpose did the colonized accept, modify and adapt the colonizer’s worldview? To answer these questions, this study examines textbooks produced by British and Malay authors for teaching Malay history and geography to the local populace in teacher training colleges, then conducts a case study of one of these students who would go on to become a prominent nationalist activist. It shows that while the colonizers brought new concepts of Malayness to Malaya, the indigenization of colonial knowledge entailed significant reinterpretation, transformation, and appropriation.