Monday, April 04, 2011

History of Pahang

From Inderapura to Darul Makmur: A Deconstructive History of Pahang (Price: RM40.00)
Publisher: Silverfish books
Author:  Farish A Noor

To write a history of a state like Pahang today requires us to go back to the history of the land and its peoples before the emergence of a political entity that would be named Pahang. While doing so, the historian cannot neglect the fact that before the Malay polities that emerged from the 15th century onwards, there were other sociopolitical systems present in the peninsula, including the indigenous peoples known as the Orang Asli.

Writing the history of the Orang Asli of the Malaysian peninsula is a task fraught with discursive and political complications. For a start, the term 'the Malay Peninsula' is itself troublesome because it came into used only during the colonial era and has since become an ideologically loaded signifier, bringing with it a host of essentialist assumptions and primodial historical claims. It has to be emphasised that a history of the Malaysian peninsula has to begin with the recognition that it has always been a fluid, open territory inhibited by a myriad people, with a complexity that resist any attempt at closure and compartmentalisation.

-- 1. Belonging before naming: A look at the society that existed before 'Pahang'

Other new Malaysian books on the shelf

1. Rojak Fakta Malaysia -- ZI Publication (RM30.00)
2. Rojak: hidangan Certot -- Amir Muhammad (RM22.00)
3. Teology -- Patrick Teoh (RM38.00)
4. Abiding times -- Tunku Zain Al-'Abidin Muhriz (RM39.90)
5. Penang at War -- Andrew Barber (RM85.00)
6. Perfect Love and other storuies -- Peter Achutha (RM30.00)
7. Apa ada dengan Liberalisme - Faisal Mustaffa (RM5.00)
8. Liku-liku Reformasi -- Tricia Yeoh (RM30.00)
9. Menerjang Badai -- Riduan Mohamad Nor (RM20.00)
10. A Doctor in the House -- Mahathir bin Mohammad (RM100.00)