Since the Institute was founded in 1998, academic staff have made significant contributions to the understanding of Asian languages and societies. Publications are often in English but Asia Institute staff also make important contributions to literature in languages other than English, increasing our international profile.
Publications are categorised by year:
Recent Publications by Asia Institute Staff and Fellows
Shahram Akbarzadeh (ed)
America's Challenges in the Greater Middle East: The Obama Administration's Policies (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
Barack Obama has faced many challenges in reversing U.S. policy on the Middle East. This book highlights points of resistance to Obama's efforts regarding U.S. foreign policy and what lessons may be learned from this experience for the remainder of his presidency and his potential second term in office.
The Philosophy of Mulla Sadra and Martin Heidegger: From Essence to Being (London: ICAS Press, 2010).
In this unique parallel analysis, Muhammad Kamal delves into the most controversial subjects of Islamic and Western existential philosophy. He describes the philosophical 'turn', ontological difference, becoming, and nothingness in the ontology of Mulla Sadra and Martin Heidegger. Through analysing the ontological enterprises of Sadra and Heidegger, Kamal shows that they both held that Being is the sole reality, and both stood in opposition to Plato's metaphysics.
Despite hailing from different regions and eras, both Sadra and Heidegger saw Plato's philosophy as an established philosophical tradition which led to a state of untruth – or, in Heidegger's terms – the oblivion of Being. As Kamal explicates, Heidegger’s opposition to Plato became manifest in his deconstruction of the history of ontology, while Mulla Sadra's opposition to Plato was through his criticism of the Iranian philosopher Suhrawardi's doctrine of the principality of essence.
These new interpretations of being by two philosophers brought new life to both Islamic and Western schools of philosophy and have formed the basis of much of modern ontology, epistemology, and philosophical psychology.
Ariel Heryanto (ed)
Routledge, 2008, 216pp
This book shows how the multilayered and contradictory processes of identity formation in Indonesia are inextricably linked to popular culture. This is one of the first books on Indonesia's media and popular culture in English. It is a significant addition to the literature on Asian popular culture, and will be of interest to anyone who is interested in new developments in media and popular culture in Indonesia and Asia.
Shahram Akbarzadeh, Fethi Mansouri
Routledge, 2008, 288pp
Kylie Baxter, Shahram Akbarzadeh
Routledge, 2008, 208pp
Routledge, 2008, 208pp
Japanese popular culture has been steadily increasing in visibility both in Asia and beyond in recent years. This book examines Japanese popular music, exploring its historical development, technology, business and production aspects, audiences, and language and culture.
Routledge, 2006, 204pp
Islamic Thought is a fresh and contemporary introduction to the philosophies and doctrines of Islam dealing with a range of areas from the foundation texts to law, theology, philosophy, politics, art and mysticism as well as key trends of Islamic thought in the pre-modern and modern periods. In addition, the book focuses on the development, production and transmission of religious knowledge, and the trends, schools and movements which have contributed to the production of this knowledge.
Sinica Leidensia Vol. 70, Brill, 2005, 317pp
This book explores a Zhuang native chieftaincy which was enfranchised under the tusi system of late imperial China, and its relationship with the Chinese imperial state. It analyses the local economic, social and political systems within the tusi administration, and the impact of the replacement by direct Chinese rule in the 20th century. It also sheds critical light on the political management of the strategically sensitive Chinese-Vietnamese border area over 600 years.
Ashgate, 2006, 136pp
This book explores Mulla Sadra's philosophical thought and his departure from tradition; his turn to the doctrine of the primacy of Being; the dynamic characteristics of Being and the concept of substantial change; comparisons with Heidegger's ontology; And the influence of Mulla Sadra's ontology on subsequent Muslim Philosophy.
Routledge, 2005, 192pp
Abdullah Saeed explores the current debates surrounding interpretation of the ethico-legal content of the Qur’an, and their impact on contemporary understanding of this sacred text. As he attempts to determine the text’s relevance to modern issues without compromising the overall framework of the Qur’an and its core beliefs and practices, he proposes a fresh approach, which takes into account the historical and contemporary contexts of interpretation.
Abdullah Saeed (ed)
Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, has a vibrant intellectual community that is undertaking interesting and challenging work on Islam. This volume brings togther a cross-section of Muslim intellectuals, from traditionalists to neo-modernists, and makes their varied approaches to the Qur'an accessible in English to a wider, global audience for the first time.;
Routledge, 2006, 242 pp
Weaving a balance of theory with an empirically based analysis, the book examines how the spectre of communism and the trauma experienced in the latter half of the 1960s remain critical in understanding the dynamics of terror, coercion and consent today. This is one of the first books to fully discuss the problematic representation and impacts of a crucial moment of Indonesia’s history that until recently has been largely unspoken.
Brill, 2005, 297 pp
This groundbreaking study sheds light on the mechanisms of Chinese nation and state making. Examining the re-making of Qing Inner Asia as Chinese provincial territory in the late Qing and Republican periods, the author focuses on the efforts of warlords and local Chinese elites in creating the new Inner Mongolian province of Suiyuan. The book also traces the emergence of a new national discourse on Northwestern territory and demonstrates its importance to Chinese nation building.
"Trends in Linguistics" Series
Mouton De Gruyter, 2005, 438 pp
This is the first book in Chinese linguistics which discusses the grammar of a dialect group from both a synchronic and diachronic prespective. The synchronic part covers contemporary grammar across localities within the Xiang-speaking area using the methods and theories of comparative and typological linguistics. The diachronic analysis reconstructs earlier grammatical systems based mainly on modern data, and analyses development of syntactic systems adopting the methods and theories of historical linguistics and grammaticalization.
Otto Harrassowitz, 2005, 328 pp
Salako (or bahasa Badameà) is spoken in the northwestern tip of Borneo on both sides of the Malaysian-Indonesian border. It is a dialect of Kanayatn (Kendayan), a major Dayak language and one of the principal languages of West Kalimantan Province (Indonesian Borneo). The present volume contains a short grammatical description of Salako as well as a lexicon and a body of texts with translation (consisting of folk stories and fairly detailed accounts of local traditions).
Stanford University Press, 2005, 304 pp
Exploring the political emergence of the Imperial Japanese Navy between 1868 and 1922, this book fundamentally challenges the popular notion that the navy was a 'silent,' apolitical service. Politics, particularly budgetary politics, became the primary domestic focus of Japan's admirals in the prewar period. This study demonstrates that as the Japanese polity broadened after 1890, navy leaders expanded their political activities to secure appropriations commensurate with the creation of a world-class blue-water fleet.