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By Barbara Watson Andaya, Leonard Y. Andaya

This fresh version of A historical past of Malaysia brings the tale of this attention-grabbing state brand new, incorporating the newest scholarship on each interval of Malaysian background. a brand new bankruptcy offers insights into Malaysian background of the final 15 years, together with the growing to be effect of the web and social media within the political sphere. clean research of Islam's old position within the Malay global and the way it hyperlinks with the growing to be Islamization of Malaysia this present day makes this a well timed study.

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Malay settlement had developed along the rivers and coasts rather than the hinterland, and Malays themselves rarely ventured beyond the fringes of the jungle. To them the forest remained an alien realm, the haunt of demons and spirits which must be propitiated by offerings and warded off by charms. The jungles were the habitat not of Malays but of the forest dwellers, the ancestors of today's orang asli, and it was they who were the major collectors of local products. Fully adapted to forest life, these people did not see their environment as threatening.

14 A HISTORY OF MALAYSIA The resulting development of an international exchange trade, its changing patterns and its effects on local society provide the key to understanding early Malaysian history. Indian Influence in 'The Land of Gold' There is no definite evidence which dates the first Indian voyages across the Bay of Bengal but conservative estimates place the earliest arrivals to Malay shores at least 1,700 years ago. Blown by the westerly winds, shipping made landfall in the isthmian region, north of Kedah, from whence passage down the Straits must have been a logical development.

The calmness of the Straits waters also facilitated transport of cargoes. Local traders were able to carry goods between Sumatra, the peninsula, and the small islands of the Riau-Lingga archipelago with boats which depended only on paddles and the simplest of mat sails. Jungle products could be brought down to the coast along any of the numerous rivers which disembogue on both sides of the Straits. Many of the tidewater bays and inlets into which these rivers flow could potentially serve as collection and distribution as well as transhipment points.

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