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16 August 2007

Latest publications from Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 16:44:38 -0700
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Resource: Latest publications from Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
From: Gerald Jackson (

Dear colleagues

As copies of the following NIAS books have now arrived, I am pleased to
advise their availability. Short descriptions follow. For more details
click on (or copy and paste) the associated links.

Best wishes

Gerald Jackson
Editor in Chief, NIAS Press
(Nordic Institute of Asian Studies)


Seventeenth-Century Burma and the Dutch East India Company 1634-1680
Wil O. Dijk

Seventeenth-century Burma was rich in resources and for a while experienced
peace and security. As a result, foreigners flocked to the country's shores.
The Dutch East India Company had one of the most active foreign operations in
Burma during this period. Its vast archives discuss trade, but also contain
detailed information about the people and places that VOC officials encountered
in Burma. Wil Dijk's account of this period opens a new window into Burma's
past. This is, in short, an impressive piece of scholarship.

Trade and Society in the Straits of Melaka: Dutch Melaka and English
Penang, 1780-1830
Nordin Hussin

This prize-winning study from a member of Malaysia's new generation of
historians traces the British-Dutch struggle for dominance in insular Southeast
Asia in the lead-up to the founding of Singapore. 'This is a genuine pioneering
study of Malaysian urban history that breaks much new ground.' (Tony Reid)


Breeds of Empire: The 'Invention' of the Horse in Southeast Asia and
Southern Africa 1500-1950
Greg Bankoff and Sandra Swart

Ships of empire carried not just merchandise, soldiers and administrators but
also equine genes from as far afield as Europe, Arabia, the Americas, China and
Japan. In the process, they introduced horses into new lands. As a result,
horses in Thailand, the Philippine Horses, the Cape Horse in South Africa and
the Basotho Pony in Lesotho share a genetic lineage with the horse found in the
Indonesian archipelago. This book thus explores the 'invention' of specific
breeds of horse in the context of imperial design and colonial trade routes,
focusing on Southeast Asia and southern Africa as well as the colonial trade in
horses within the Indian Ocean. This is a fascinating study that will appeal
not only to scholars but also to the broad horse-reading public interested in
all things equine.

Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts: Codices Arabici & Codices Arabici
Irmeli Perho

The third volume cataloging the Arabic material at the Royal Library,
Copenhagen, describes 356 manuscripts including the latest acquisitions. 47
manuscripts are here described for the first time, whereas 309 manuscripts have
been described in a Latin catalogue printed in 1851. In the new catalogue the
mss are described in English and with more detailed information. The
acquisition history of the collection reaches from the 17th century to the
present day and the manuscripts reflect the interests of both scholars and book
collectors. The oldest manuscripts are Qur'an fragments written on parchment in
Kufi script, dating from the 9th century and the most recent manuscript is a
collection of Sufi texts copied in 1905.

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Gerald Jackson
Editor in Chief * NIAS Press
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Leifsgade 33, 2300 Copenhagen S, DENMARK
Tel: (+45) 3532 9503 * Fax: (+45) 3532 9549 * E-mail:
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