By Barbara Watson Andaya, Leonard Y. Andaya

This fresh version of A heritage of Malaysia brings the tale of this interesting kingdom modern, incorporating the most recent scholarship on each interval of Malaysian historical past. a brand new bankruptcy offers insights into Malaysian background of the final 15 years, together with the growing to be effect of the web and social media within the political sphere. clean research of Islam's ancient function within the Malay global and the way it hyperlinks with the transforming into Islamization of Malaysia this day makes this a well timed study.

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Thai ambitions became -greater after 1351 with 1ihe rise of 'an energetic new kingdom, Ayudhya. a more formal mode of homage from their Malay vassals, thus initiating a tradition of tension which was to endure for c-enturies aftexwards. THE HERITAGE OF THE PAST 31 On the basis of this evidence it is generally accepted that the fourteenth century saw the last gasp of the once mighty Srivijaya, eclipsed by more powerful neighbours. But the evidence also suggests that Srivijaya considered these developments as only a temporary setback and that it was therefore ready to seize any opportunity for reversing its fortunes.

Ideally, a chain of command stretched down from the Srivijayan ruler to' his chiefs and vassal princes, binding him to his lowest subject. The administration of the realm was based on the concept that loyalty to one's leader was unquestioning, and nowhere was this better exemplified than in the fidelity of the orang taut. Nonetheless, despite the great riches which the ruler of Srivijaya had at his disposal and the honours which he could heap on his faithful servants, rewards could not have been a guarantee of unfailing allegiance.

Although its prestige as a major entrepot was stIli considerable, Srivijaya was under severe pressure,. a (1268-92), launched an attack against Srivijaya's capital in J ambi and also laid claim to Pahang, a dependency of Srivijaya Gn the peninsula. From the thirteenth century Java regarded itself as the rightful overlord in southeast Sumatra. But the challenge to Srivijaya did ,not come only from Java. In the late thirteenth century the chiefs of ligor m'SOUthern Thailand were also extending their control over the northern Malay peninsular states, which then became vassals of 'the 'Thai kings of Sukhothai.

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