Tag: Melaka

2016 – Writing

      So it’s now 2016 and all that, and apparently that means you’ve got to wrap up the previous year and make a change and so on. A…

2016 – Writing

      So it’s now 2016 and all that, and apparently that means you’ve got to wrap up the previous year and make a change and so on. A…

2016 – Writing

      So it’s now 2016 and all that, and apparently that means you’ve got to wrap up the previous year and make a change and so on. A…

Albuquerque on Lances vs War Elephants

       I’m reading Thomas Trautmann’s new-ish book on war elephants, Elephants and Kings, on my Kindle. It’s a brilliant book, full of well-written and totally reasonable analysis of…

Albuquerque on Lances vs War Elephants

       I’m reading Thomas Trautmann’s new-ish book on war elephants, Elephants and Kings, on my Kindle. It’s a brilliant book, full of well-written and totally reasonable analysis of…

Albuquerque on Lances vs War Elephants

       I’m reading Thomas Trautmann’s new-ish book on war elephants, Elephants and Kings, on my Kindle. It’s a brilliant book, full of well-written and totally reasonable analysis of…

The Arrival of the Portuguese – Malay Annals

       You may remember that I’ve been working on my Jawi script – the Perso-Arabic-based writing system used by Malay speakers to write their language from the fourteenth…

The Arrival of the Portuguese – Malay Annals

       You may remember that I’ve been working on my Jawi script – the Perso-Arabic-based writing system used by Malay speakers to write their language from the fourteenth…

The Arrival of the Portuguese – Malay Annals

       You may remember that I've been working on my Jawi script – the Perso-Arabic-based writing system used by Malay speakers to write their language from the fourteenth…

Ralph Fitch on Malays

      Ralph Fitch was one of the first English people to visit Melaka in the late sixteenth century. His plan had been to voyage further east by sea,…

Ralph Fitch on Malays

      Ralph Fitch was one of the first English people to visit Melaka in the late sixteenth century. His plan had been to voyage further east by sea,…

Ralph Fitch on Malays

      Ralph Fitch was one of the first English people to visit Melaka in the late sixteenth century. His plan had been to voyage further east by sea,…

Artillery in Melaka, 1511 CE

       In 1511, a Portuguese force under Afonso de Albuquerque successfully invaded the city-state of Melaka on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula. At the time, Melaka…

Artillery in Melaka, 1511 CE

       In 1511, a Portuguese force under Afonso de Albuquerque successfully invaded the city-state of Melaka on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula. At the time, Melaka…

Artillery in Melaka, 1511 CE

       In 1511, a Portuguese force under Afonso de Albuquerque successfully invaded the city-state of Melaka on the west coast of the Malay Peninsula. At the time, Melaka…

‘Monsoon Marketplace’ vs. ‘Silk Roads’

      I want to look again at the importance of Southeast Asia in world history, which I do with some regularity on this blog. Peter Frankopan’s view of…

‘Monsoon Marketplace’ vs. ‘Silk Roads’

      I want to look again at the importance of Southeast Asia in world history, which I do with some regularity on this blog. Peter Frankopan’s view of…

‘Monsoon Marketplace’ vs. ‘Silk Roads’

      I want to look again at the importance of Southeast Asia in world history, which I do with some regularity on this blog. Peter Frankopan's view of…

Jawi Script

I'm learning classical Malay (that is to say, the language used in Melaka and the Malay world at the time of the Portuguese conquest) and I'm starting with…