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A kingdom of words : language and power in Sumatera

Author: Jane Drakard
Publisher: Kuala Lumpur ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Series: South-East Asian historical monographs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A Kingdom of Words is a study in cultural history which investigates the role of kingship in the central Sumatran kingdom of Minangkabau between the seventeenth and the nineteenth centuries. Minangkabau kingship, the book argues, has often been misunderstood by Western writers who have emphasized the marginal and 'symbolic' role of royal authority within the Minangkabau polity. The present study challenges this view
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Drakard, Jane.
Kingdom of words.
Kuala Lumpur ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999
(OCoLC)607088668
Online version:
Drakard, Jane.
Kingdom of words.
Kuala Lumpur ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999
(OCoLC)610136509
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Drakard
ISBN: 983560035X 9789835600357
OCLC Number: 39078713
Description: xxi, 322 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Facsimile of a Royal Letter or Surat Cap --
Minangkabau Royal 'Warrant' --
1. 'Poorest Pretence of Monarchs the World Has Known' --
2. Landscape and History. Shadow of Homage. Adityawarman's Kingdom. European Search for an 'Emperor' of Minangkabau. Encircling Sumatra: The Portuguese. Early Dutch Perceptions. Dutchmen Identify an Emperor Inland --
3. Terra Incognita: Cultural Encounters on the West Coast of Sumatra. Suku and Laras Loyalties. Contract and Perjanjian. Representation. Dutch Intervention. Cultural Encounters. Terra Incognita --
4. In the King's Name. King in the Darat. King in the Rantau. Ambiguous Interaction. Using the Royal Name. 'Manipulators and Falsifiers' --
5. 'Under the Clouds of Minangkabau'.
Series Title: South-East Asian historical monographs.
Responsibility: Jane Drakard.
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Abstract:

A Kingdom of Words is a study in cultural history which investigates the role of kingship in the central Sumatran kingdom of Minangkabau between the seventeenth and the nineteenth centuries. Minangkabau kingship, the book argues, has often been misunderstood by Western writers who have emphasized the marginal and 'symbolic' role of royal authority within the Minangkabau polity. The present study challenges this view by focusing attention on the very aspects of Minangkabau sovereignty which European colonial writers most despised, namely, the language of kingship and the signs of power which the rulers and their representatives used to proclaim their authority.

The study argues that language was a potent source of authority in seventeenth-century Sumatra and points to important differences between European and Sumatran assumptions about authority and representation in this period. By investigating the process through which royal authority was communicated and enacted in the Minangkabau world, this book contributes to current thinking about the nature of South-East Asian political systems and comparative understanding of power.

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