Bookshelf Spotlight – Brunei

Featured Books on Brunei

Raja Bongsu of Sulu: A Brunei Hero in His Times
The Brunei Constitution of 1959: An Inside Story”
Forest and Trees of Brunei
Language, Power, and Ideology in Brunei Darussalam
Broadcasting in the Malay World: Radio, Television, and Video in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore
From Brunei and Beyond: The Gaijin Girl’s Guide to Asian Cuisine

Raja Bongsu of Sulu: A Brunei Hero in His Times

By Robert Nicholl
Council of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1991

This scholarly, referenced monograph from the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society traces the course of 16th and 17th century warfare between the Spanish, local and Dutch forces in the Philippines, including the first of the Moro Wars which have become near-permanent components in the history of the area. The background and career of Raja Bongsu, ruler of Sulu c.1610 – c.1650 is set out and discussed. With colour plates of contemporary maps and ships, extensive references, and bibliography. -From Select Books
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The Brunei Constitution of 1959: An Inside History

By B. A. Hussainmiya
Brunei Press, 2000

An engaging chronicle in its own right, The Brunei Constitution of 1959: An Inside History paints most vividly, the political milieu of the tension-filled times of 1959, the result of which saw the promulgation of the Brunei Constitution in the said year. Through painstaking research, which at once becomes apparent as the reader thumbs through the pages, the author brings to life through the energy of his prose, events gleaned from dusty documents and thoughts culled from extensive interviews. Answering questions that have long baffled Bruneians such as why was a constitution was introduced, was it a Hobson’s Choice, why was it not implemented in full, who was behind it, who came up with the idea, this book traces the threads of Brunei’s political tapestry and triumphs as a celebration of the nation’s greatest moments.
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Forests and Trees of Brunei Darussalam

By K. M. Wong
Natural History Publications, 1999

Packed into the relatively small area of Brunei Darussalam is an amazing plant diversity of nearly 3500 species of indigenous seed plants. Almost 3% of these are extremely rare and endemic to Brunei, and nearly half of the overall Brunei seed-plant flora is not known outside of the botanically rich island of Borneo. Of the species documented, more than half of the total 1900 species are trees. This book gives an overview of Brunei Darussalam’s varied rain forests and its incredibly rich plant wealth, and explains why the rain forests are an important aspect of conservation.
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Language, Power, and Ideology in Brunei Darussalam

By Geoffrey C. Gunn
Ohio University Press, 1997

Contrary to modern theories of developing nations, Brunei Darussalam, which has a very high rate of literacy, is also one of the few countries where the traditional elite retains absolute political power. Professor Gunn’s comprehensive study, which assesses the state’s efforts to implement national language policies, explores the aspects of the complex relationship between language and power including the oral tradition, the rise of Islamic literacy, print culture and mass literacy, and the electronic media and its effects.
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Broadcasting in the Malay World: Radio, Television, and Video in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore

By Drew O. McDaniel
Ablex Publishing, 1994

The book provides excellent background knowledge which is useful to anyone in the region’s broadcast history, or anyone interested in regional broadcast network developement. The research is in depth, and explores all governmental and cultural influences which steered the path of broadcast in the Malaysian-Indonesian archipelago. However, the information requires updating for Malaysia at least, as the addition of two new private terrestrial stations (Metrovision and NTV in Kuala Lumpur) and the two competing Pay TV services (Mega TV [cable] and Astro [satellite]), and the planned privatization of RTM2. For history, Broadcasting in the Malay World is a valuable reference, but hopefully Drew McDaniel will be authoring an updated version in the near future to reflect the current state of the industry in the archipelago. – by A Customer
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From Brunei and Beyond: The Gaijin Girl’s Guide to Asian Cuisine

By Janet E. Clarke
eBook, 2010

Designed as a guidebook to Asian Cuisine, From Brunei and Beyond takes readers through a tour of east and southeast Asia – provided a handy introduction to each country’s vocabulary and signature dishes.
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