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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Brunei

ISBN 9780367819149
Published July 29, 2022 by Routledge
394 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Brunei presents an overview of significant themes, issues, and challenges pertinent to Brunei Darussalam in the twenty-first century. Multidisciplinary in coverage, the contributions cover topics relating to philology, history, religion, language and literature, geography, international relations, economics, politics and sociocultural traditions.

The Handbook is structured in eight parts:



Faith and Ethnicity


Language and Education


Material Culture


Chapters focus on the recent past and contemporary developments in this unique country which has remained a Malay Muslim sultanate, sustaining its religious and traditional heritage encapsulated in the national philosophy, Melayu Islam Beraja (MIB, Malay Islamic Monarchy). The MIB philosophy represents the sultanate’s three pillars of social, cultural, political and economic sustainability, and the contributors discuss this concept in relation to the notion of ‘Malay’ or ‘Malaydom’, the official religion of the nation-state, Islam and monarchy as the essential system of government. This Handbook is an invaluable reference work for students of Asian and Southeast Asian Studies and researchers interested in what is demographically the smallest country within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Table of Contents

1. Brunei’s Concerns Victor T. KING and OOI Keat Gin I FOUNDATIONS 2. Monarchy in Brunei: Past, Present, and Future OOI Keat Gin 3. Brunei and the World since 1984 Stephen C. DRUCE and ASIYAH AZ-ZAHRA Ahmad Kumpoh 4. Demography of Brunei NORAINIE Ahmad II HISTORY 5. How Boni became Borneo became Brunei Johannes L. KURZ 6. Contextualizing the History of Brunei Stephen C. DRUCE and NANI SURYANI Haji Abu Bakar 7. Brunei Historiography ASIYAH AZ-ZAHRA Ahmad Kumpoh, Stephen C. DRUCE, and NANI SURYANI Haji Abu Bakar 8. Migration from Water to Land: A Study of Brunei’s Kampong Ayer Residents from circa 1906 to 1941 Haji TASSIM Haji Abu Bakar III FAITH AND ETHNICITY 9. Islam in Brunei Darussalam (1368 -2017): Changes and Challenges Haji Awg ASBOL bin Haji Mail 10. Addressing Ethnic Complexity and Ethnic Change in Brunei Darussalam Victor T. KING IV LITERATURE 11. An Overview of Bruneian Literature: History, Historiography, and Critical Approaches (Parts I and II) Ampuan Hj BRAHIM bin Ampuan Hj Tengah and KATHRINA Mohd Daud 12. Gender and Sexuality in Bruneian Writings in English Grace V. S. CHIN V LANGUAGE AND EDUCATION 13. Language, Society, and Change in Brunei Darussalam NOOR AZAM Haji-Othman and James McLELLAN 14. Brunei Darussalam National Education Policies: Transformation and Challenges Haji Awg ASBOL bin Haji Mail, Ampuan Hj BRAHIM bin Ampuan Hj Tengah, and Haji TASSIM Haji Abu Bakar VI ECONOMICS 15. The Economic and Social Progress of Brunei Darussalam ROSLEE Baha and HARTINI Mohammad Yussof 16. Fiscal Policy Challenges in Brunei Darussalam Wee Chian KOH 17. ASEAN Economic Community: Regional and Economic Integration of Brunei Siti Fatimahwati Pehin Dato MUSA and KHAIRUL HIDAYATULLAH Basir VII MATERIAL CULTURE 18. Tawhidic Worldview and Islamic Aesthetics in the Art of Bruneian Tenun Ampuan Hj BRAHIM bin Ampuan Hj Tengah, Pengiran Hajah SITI NORAINNA Pengiran Haji Besar, and Dayangku Nurul FATEN NAZURAH binti Pengiran Zul Amli VIII EMPOWERMENT 19. Women Empowerment in Brunei Darussalam NORAINIE Ahmad, KHAIRUNNISA Hj Ibrahim and NORHAZLIN Muhammad 20. Culture of Volunteerism: An Overview of Youth Participation in NGOs and Youth-led Platforms in Brunei Darussalam ABDUL HAI Julay and Siti Mazidah MOHAMAD

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Ooi Keat Gin is professor-designate of the modern history of Brunei/Borneo of the Academy of Brunei Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei, and a visiting professor of the Korean Institute of ASEAN Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, Busan, South Korea. His latest publications include Borneo in the Cold War, 1950–1990 (2020), Malaysia and the Cold War Era (edited, 2020), Borneo and Sulawesi: Indigenous Peoples, Empires and Area Studies (edited, 2020), and Brunei – History, Islam, Society, and Contemporary Issues (edited, 2016), also published by Routledge. He is also a co-author with Victor T. King of The Handbook of Southeast Asian Studies – Pioneers and Critical Thinkers (forthcoming).

Victor T. King is a professor of Borneo studies, Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam and emeritus professor, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds, UK. He is co-editor of five recent Routledge publications, a four-volume reader, Tourism in East and Southeast Asia (2018), Tourism and Ethnodevelopment: Inclusion, Empowerment and Self-determination (2018), Tourism in South- East Asia (reprint with a new Preface) (2019), Origins, History and Social Structure in Brunei Darussalam (2021) and Continuity and Change in Brunei Darussalam (2021), and co-editor of the Routledge book series The Modern Anthropology of South East Asia.