Seminar: Magic and Divination in Malay Illustrated Manuscripts
REGIONAL AND SOCIAL CULTURAL STUDIES
ABOUT THE SEMINAR
Malay magic and divination manuscripts contain a variety of images that are very important for our understanding of Malay art, but yet have been little studied. This paper will identify some of the imagery contained in the manuscripts, trace their sources and place them within the Malay as well as a broader Asian artistic and cultural context. The research undertaken has found that the imagery includes the survival of pre-Islamic iconography that shares much in common with other cultures in the region.
This seminar will be followed by Dr Farouk Yahya’s book launch.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER/AUTHOR
Farouk Yahya, Ph.D. (2013), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, is Senior Teaching Fellow at that university. He was Assistant Curator of the exhibition The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections (2014-16) in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.
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