Books about Malaysia (and related matters)

Compiled by Mindy McAdams

This list includes recently published books related to the culture, history and politics of Malaysia, as well as media in Asia. I began compiling it in 2004. It is a work in progress. I have not read all these books, so this does not constitute a recommendation. Also, the list is far from comprehensive. Its central concern is news media and the practice of journalism.

Atkins, William (2002). The Politics of Southeast Asia's New Media. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon. [235 pp.]

Eickelman, Dale F., & Anderson, Jon W., Eds. (2003). New Media in the Muslim World: The Emerging Public Sphere, 2nd ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. [213 pp.]

Gan, Steven; Gomez, James, & Johannen, Uwe, Eds. (2004). Asian Cyberactivism: Freedom of Expression and Media Censorship. Bangkok: Johannen Friedrich Naumann Foundation. [644 pp.]

Gunaratne, Shelton A. (2000). Handbook of the Media in Asia. New Delhi: Sage. [732 pp.]

Hefner, Robert W., Ed. (2001). The Politics of Multiculturalism: Pluralism and Citizenship in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. [319 pp.]

Heryanto, Ariel, & Mandal, Sumit K., Eds. (2003). Challenging Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia: Comparing Indonesia and Malaysia. New York: Routledge/Curzon. [247 pp.]

Hooker, Virginia Matheson (2003). A Short History of Malaysia: Linking East and West. Crows Nest, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin. [345 pp.]
Series: Short History of Asia

Khoo Kay Kim (1991). Malay Society: Transformation and Democratisation. Subang Jaya, Selangor: Pelanduk. [238 pp.] In my copy of this book, pp. 145-160 are missing due to a printer's error. > NOTES

Kimlicka, Will, and He, Baogang, Eds. (2005). Multiculturalism in Asia. Oxford University Press. [364 pp.] See in particular Ganesan, N., Liberal and structural ethnic political accommodation in Malaysia, pp. 136-151.

Kingsbury, Damien; Loo, Eric, & Payne, Patricia, Eds. (2000). Foreign Devils and Other Journalists. Clayton, Victoria: Monash Asia Institute. [277 pp.]

Leyden, John (2001). John Leyden's Malay Annals. Selangor: Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. [361 pp.] > An English translation of the Sejarah Melayu, the ancient chronicles of the Malays, from 1821.

Loh Kok Wah, Francis, & Khoo Boo Teik, Eds. (2002). Democracy in Malaysia: Discourses and Practices. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon. [274 pp.]
Series: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies; Democracy in Asia.

McDaniel, Drew O. (2002). Electronic Tigers of Southeast Asia: The Politics of Media, Technology, and National Development. Ames: Iowa State University Press. [218 pp.]
Series: International Topics in Media.

el-Nawawy, Mohammed, & Iskandar, Adel (2003). Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network That Is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism. Cambridge, Mass.: Westview Press/Perseus. [240 pp.]

Rao, Sandhya, & Klopfenstein, Bruce C., Eds. (2002) Cyberpath to Development in Asia: Issues and Challenges. Westport, Conn.: Praeger. [199 pp.] > NOTES

SarDesai, D. R. (2006). Southeast Asian History: Essential Readings. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press. [374 pp.] See in particular Stockwell, A. J., Decolonization in Malaya, 1942-1952, pp. 193-215.

Stauth, Georg (2002). Politics and Cultures of Islamization in Southeast Asia: Indonesia and Malaysia in the 1990s. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag. [300 pp.]

Verma, Vidhu (2002). Malaysia, State and Civil Society in Transition. Boulder, Colo.: Lynne Rienner. [253 pp.]

Ziauddin Sardar (2000). The Consumption of Kuala Lumpur. London: Reaktion Books. [237 pp.] > This book is an absolute pleasure to read, a tasting menu of modern life in the Klang Valley, Malaysian history and Malaysian culture. An outsider who has lived here on and off for years, Ziauddin celebrates all that is uniquely Malaysian without pulling his punches when he chooses to throw them.