1st Edition

Continuity and Change in Brunei Darussalam

Edited By Victor T. King, Stephen C. Druce Copyright 2021
    202 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    202 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book analyses the processes of social and economic change in Brunei Darussalam.

    Drawing on recent studies undertaken by both locally based scholars and senior researchers from outside the state, the book explores the underlying strengths, characteristics, and uniqueness of Malay Islamic Monarchy in Brunei Darussalam in a historical context and examines these in an increasingly challenging regional and global environment. It considers events in Brunei’s recent history and current socio-cultural transformations, which give expression to the traumatic years of decolonisation in Southeast Asia. A wide range of issues focus on foreign, non-Bruneian narratives of Brunei as against insider or domestic accounts of the sultanate, the status of minority ethnic groups in Brunei and the concept of ‘Brunei society’, as well as changes in the character and composition of the famous ‘water village’, Kampong Ayer, as the cultural heartland of Brunei Malay culture and the socio-cultural and economic effects of the resettlement of substantial segments of the population from a ‘life on water’ to a ‘life on land’.

    A timely and very important study on Brunei Darussalam, the book will be of interest to anthropologists, sociologists, historians, geographers, and area studies specialists in Southeast Asian Studies and Asian Studies.

    1. Introduction: Donald Brown’s Brunei: Society, and Recent Transformations

    Victor T. King and Stephen C. Druce 

    2. Monarchy in Brunei: Past, Present and Future

    Ooi Keat Gin 

    3. ‘So near and yet so far’: Shaikh A. M. Azahari and 1962

    B. A. Hussainmiya 

    4. Hybrid Pathways to Orthodoxy: Bureaucratisation, Sharia-Compliant Exorcism and the Powers of Japanese Water-Crystal Photography in Brunei Darussalam

    Dominik M. Müller 

    5. Inside or Outside the Mainstream? An Ethnolinguistic Study of the Status of Minority Indigenous Groups in Negara Brunei Darussalam

    Noor Azam Haji-Othman and James McLellan 

     6. Menteri Darat and Incorporation: Integration of Dusun Society into the Organisational Structure of the Brunei Sultanate

    Pudarno Binchin 

    7. The Place of Kadayan in Traditional Brunei Society

    Allen R. Maxwell 

    8. Living on Water: Water Settlements in Borneo

    Hans-Dieter Evers 

    9. Development, Change and Modernisation in Kampong Ayer over the Last Fifty Years

    Haji Tassim bin Haji Abu Bakar 

    10. Prospects and Challenges of Heritage Tourism at Kampong Ayer (Water Village) in Brunei Darussalam

    Shafi Noor Islam 

    11. Epilogue: Brunei Studies: Fifty Years and More

    Donald E. Brown


    Victor T. King is Professor of Borneo Studies at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Emeritus Professor of South East Asian Studies, University of Leeds, UK. He is the co-author of The Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia (Routledge 2006) and co-editor of the Routledge series Modern Anthropology of South-East Asia.

    Stephen C. Druce is Programme Leader in Graduate Studies and Research at the Academy of Brunei Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. He is the author of The Lands West of the Lakes: A History of the Ajattappareng Kingdoms of South Sulawesi, 1200 to 1600 CE (2009).