The book Conceptualizing the Malay World: Colonialism and Pan-Malay Identity in Malaya has been reviewed in Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. Here are a few snippets:

“He chose to focus on education as the crucial instrument of the colonial civilizing institution; namely, the modern education system and its schools that produced texts and curricula in service of the formation of moral and productive citizens. It was through such an effort that the process of the indigenization of colonial knowledge took place in Malaya.”

“He introduced and developed his notion of pan-Malayan identity that eventually led him to expand conceptually and physically the notion of Malay and ‘Malayness’ to include Malays in Malaya and Indonesia, or Melayu Raya (The Greater Malay Territory) 〔…〕

This is a must-read book for those interested in Malaysian and Southeast Asian Studies, as well as in the sociology of knowledge.

Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 37(3): 550-553.

Reviewed by Shamsul Amri Baharuddin, Institute of Ethnic Studies, Universiti Kebengsaan Malaysia.

Link to the journal:
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The product page: 
Conceptualizing the Malay World – Trans Pacific Press

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