The Search for the ‘Origins’ of Melayu
Leonard Y. Andaya*
Based on linguistic, archaeological, and historical evidence, this essay describes the environment that produced the culture associated with the ‘Melayu’, or the Malays. It also argues that Melayu ethnicity was never predetermined but was contested on both sides of the Straits of Melaka.
Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 32 (3), pp 315-330 October 2001.
© 2001 The National University of Singapore

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