Straits Muslims: Diasporas of the Northern Passage of the Straits of Malacca

By Ooi Kee Beng

May 2011 BOOK REVIEW
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Edited by Wazir Jahan Karim Published by Straits g.t. of Intersocietal and Scientific (INAS), 2009.MARITIME SOUTH-EAST ASIA WAS – and is – a region filled with port cities. Such urban centres tend to concentrate both power and money. But more than that, they cannot help but be cosmopolitan and multicultural inessence, generating hybrids not only of ethnicities but of social organisation.No doubt, over time, the legacy of some proved more lasting than others. Where the Straits of Malacca is concerned,...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: wikibeng.com