The Sultanate of Brunei’s influence peaked between the 15th and 17th centuries when its control extended over coastal areas of northwest Borneo and the southern Philippines. Brunei subsequently entered a period of decline brought on by internal strife over royal succession, colonial expansion of European powers, and piracy. In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate; independence was achieved in 1984. The same family has ruled Brunei for over six centuries. Brunei benefits from extensive petroleum and natural gas fields, the source of one of the highest per capita GDPs in Asia.
-CIA World Factbook
Most recent Brunei Posts:
The upcoming 2014 HIFF will feature 13 films from Southeast Asia, including the first commercial film to come out of Brunei in over 50 years.
After a lot of searching, we found a really unique selection of books reflecting on imperialism and nationhood in Brunei.
We return this week with the sweet pop tune, “Salahkah Aku,” from Fakhrul Razi (Brunei Darussalam).