William Marsden's 1796 article on Hindu traces in the Malay world initially led to the British scholar administrators viewing the Malays almost solely through a Hindu-Buddhist lens. This was encouraged by the antiquarian precedents set by the British orientalist scholars in India. In 19th-century Malay studies, the primitive was represented by the Negrito and pagan Malayo-Polynesian tribes and the civilised by ancient Hindu-Buddhist elements of Malay culture. James Low is an exemplar of this...[Show more]
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