Brunei – History, Islam, Society and Contemporary Issues

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Ooi Keat Gin
Routledge, Dec 14, 2015 - Social Science - 242 pages

Brunei, although a relatively small state, is disproportionately important on account of its rich resource base. In addition, in recent years the country has endeavoured to play a greater role in regional affairs, especially through ASEAN, holding the chair of the organisation in 2013, and also beyond the region, fostering diplomatic, political, economic and educational ties with many nations. This book presents much new research and new thinking on a wide range of issues concerning Brunei largely drawn from Bruneian academics. Subjects covered include Brunei’s rich history – the sultanate formerly had much more extensive territories and was a key player in regional affairs; the country’s economy, politics, society and ethnicities; and resource issues and international relations.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Genesis historical ties and contemporary relations
19
The birth of Brunei Early polities of the northwest coast of Borneo and the origins of Brunei tenth to midfourteenth centuries
21
Silsilah RajaRaja Brunei The Brunei Sultanate and its relationship with other countries
45
Bruneis foreign relations Maintaining and developing its identity in a rapidly changing world
62
Multiethnic mosaic and lifestyle
79
Being Malay in modern Brunei
81
To live on water Lifestyle of the Kampong Ayer community during the British Residency period 19061941
100
Fishing in Brunei Developments of the fishing industry in the postindependence period 19842000s
168
Appendices
199
Appendix 61
201
Appendix 62
202
Appendix 63
203
Appendix 64
204
Appendix 65
206
Appendix 66
209

Islam
123
Womens rights in Brunei under the Islamic Family Law 1999
125
Current concerns
147
Foreign labour in Brunei Demand issues and implications
149
Appendix 67
211
Bibliography
213
Index
231
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Ooi Keat Gin is professor of Southeast Asian Studies (History) at Universiti Sains Malaysia.

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