THE INDIAN OCEAN IN A MALAY TEXT: The Hikayat Mareskalek in transregional perspective

Sumit K. Mandal

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    Abstract

    This article places the Hikayat Mareskalek in the context of the Indian Ocean and thereby locates the didactic text within a more expansive cultural geography than is customary, namely the Malay world centred largely on contemporary Indonesia and Malaysia. Abdullah al-Misri, the author of the text, was a creole Arab whose biography connects the Malay archipelago to the Indian Ocean. This transregional connection is conveyed in the text through wide-ranging narratives and acts of translation. The Malay world thus charted shows not only a vastly greater spatial reach but a cultural expansiveness. In the oceanic context, the Hikayat Mareskalek demonstrates a transregional sphere of interaction that makes multiple languages and translation, and the transmission of ideas across great distances, the norm. It brings together the global and the local in important ways to invoke a cosmopolitan Malay world at variance with the racialised histories proffered by contemporary nation-states.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)237-254
    Number of pages18
    JournalIndonesia and the Malay World
    Volume41
    Issue number120
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

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    Indian Ocean
    cultural geography
    nation state
    didactics
    archipelago
    Indonesia
    Malaysia
    narrative
    history
    interaction
    language
    world

    Keywords

    • creole
    • Indian Ocean
    • language
    • Malay world
    • transregional

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    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Anthropology

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    THE INDIAN OCEAN IN A MALAY TEXT : The Hikayat Mareskalek in transregional perspective. / Mandal, Sumit K.

    In: Indonesia and the Malay World, Vol. 41, No. 120, 07.2013, p. 237-254.

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