Circulating women as objects of trade in Malay historical texts

Ruzy Suliza Hashim, Ungku Maimunah Mohd Tahir, Nor Hashimah Jalaluddin, Zulkarnaen Mohamad

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In this paper, we shall discuss 'circulating women' as objects of trade based on the corpus of three historical texts such as The Malay Annals (Sejarah Melayu) and Misa Melayu Perak. Barbara Andaya (2006:104) has cogently argued that "Southeast Asia is an attractive laboratory to investigate women's economic roles" especially in the early modern period. By focusing on issues related to marriage and slave trade, we look specifically at the movements of women in the chronicles. Whether they were consorts, concubines and maids-in-waiting in the Malay courts, the traffic of women showed an intricate web of social exchange where symmetrical and asymmetrical reciprocity took place in various political situations of the day. By showing these exchanges, we unveil an aspect of women and trade in early modern Southeast Asia where women were involved in boosting male prestige and power, political hierarchy, social identity and legitimacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-50
Number of pages17
JournalAsian Journal of Social Science
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • circulating women
  • Malay historical texts
  • male prestige
  • political hierarchy
  • social exchange

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Circulating women as objects of trade in Malay historical texts. / Hashim, Ruzy Suliza; Tahir, Ungku Maimunah Mohd; Jalaluddin, Nor Hashimah; Mohamad, Zulkarnaen.

In: Asian Journal of Social Science, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2012, p. 34-50.

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Hashim, Ruzy Suliza ; Tahir, Ungku Maimunah Mohd ; Jalaluddin, Nor Hashimah ; Mohamad, Zulkarnaen. / Circulating women as objects of trade in Malay historical texts. In: Asian Journal of Social Science. 2012 ; Vol. 40, No. 1. pp. 34-50.
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