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.
"This book, in my opinion, successfully introduces Brunei in a positive tone by addressing major research issues, such as Brunei's embrace of Islamic values and the impact of such values on Bruneian society as well as various socioeconomic problems in Bruneian society today. In doing so, the book offers a balanced view of the country."
Zaidul Anwar,Thammasat Institute of Area Studies (TIARA), Thammasat University, H-Asia, November, 2017
Introduction PART I: GENESIS, HISTORICAL TIES AND CONTEMPORARY RELATIONS 1. The ‘Birth’ of Brunei: Early Polities of the Northwest Coast of Borneo and the Origins of Brunei, tenth to mid-fourteenth centuries Stephen Charles Druce 2. Silsilah Raja-Raja Brunei: The Brunei Sultanate and Its Relationship with Other Countries Ampuan Haji Brahim bin Ampuan Haji Tengah 3. Brunei’s Foreign Relations: Maintaining and Developing Its Identity in a Rapidly Changing World Mikio Oishi PART II MULTI-ETHNIC MOSAIC AND LIFESTYLE 4. Being ‘Malay’ in Modern Brunei Mohd Shahrol Amira bin Abdullah 5. To Live on Water: Lifestyle of Kampong Ayer Community during the British Residency Period, 1906-1941 Haji Awg Asbol Bin Haji Mail and Haji Tassim bin Haji Abu Bakar PART III ISLAM 6. Women's Rights in Islamic Family Law, 1999 in Negara Brunei Darussalam Datin Hajah Saadiah binti Datu Derma Wijaya Haj Tamit PART IV CURRENT CONCERNS 7. Foreign labour in Brunei: Demands, Issues and Implications Noralipah binti Haji Mohamed 8. Fishing in Brunei: Developments of the Fishing Industry in the Post-independence Period, 1984-2000s Pengiran Khairul Rijal Pengiran Hj Abdul Rahim