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Ghosts of the Past in Southern Thailand: Essays on the History and Historiography of Patani


NUS Press (First Published, 2013)
368 pages including Bibliography and Index


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ISBN: 9789971696351 Product ID: 2408 Subjects: , , , Sub-subjects: , , , ,

In Ghosts of the Past in Southern Thailand, 13 scholars who have worked on this sensitive region evaluate the current state of current historical writing about the Patani Malays of southern Thailand. The essays in this book demonstrate that an understanding of the conflict must take into account the historical dimensions of relations between Patani and the Thai kingdom, and the ongoing influence of these perceptions on Thai state officials, militants, and the local population.

At the heart of the ongoing armed conflict in southern Thailand is a fundamental disagreement about the history of relations between the Patani Malays and the Thai kingdom. While the Thai royalist-nationalist version of history regards Patani as part of that “since time immemorial,” Patani Malay nationalists look back to a golden age when the Sultanate of Patani was an independent, prosperous trading state and a renowned center for Islamic education and scholarship in Southeast Asia a time before it was defeated, broken up, and brought under the control of the Thai state.

While still influential, in recent years these diametrically opposed views of the past have begun to make way for more nuanced and varied interpretations. Patani scholars, intellectuals and students now explore their history more freely and confidently than in the past, while the once-rigid Thai nationalist narrative is open to more pluralistic interpretations. There is growing interaction and dialogue between historians writing in Thai, Malay and English, and engagement with sources and scholarship in other languages, including Chinese and Arabic.

List of Illustrations

Introduction: Ghosts of the Past in Southern Thailand
– Patrick Jory

Part One: Pluralism and Identity in Patani’s History

1. Patani as a Paradigm of Pluralism
– Anthony Reid

2. Gates, Elephants, Cannon and Drums: Symbols and Sounds in the Creation of a Patani Identity
– Barbara Watson Andaya

3. The Patani Region in Chinese Texts of the 6th to the 19th Centuries
– Geoff Wade

Part Two: Patani’s Place in in Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern Islamic Networks

4. The Patani ‘Ulamâ’: Global and Regional Networks
– Azyumardi Azra

5. The Intellectual Network of Patani and the Haramayn
– Numan Hayimasae

6. Patani’s Creole Ambassadors
– Christopher M. Joll

Part Three: Alternative Histories of Patani’s Decline and Fall

7. Siam’s Conquest of Patani and the End of Mandala Relations, 1786-1838
– Francis R. Bradley

8. A Tin Mine in Need of a History: 19th-Centurv British Views of the Patani Interior
– Philip King

Part Four: The Struggle for Control of Patani and Its History

9. The Formation of the Islamo-Malay Patanian Nation: Ideological Structuring by Nationalist Historians
– Dennis Walker

10. Historical Identity, Nation, and History-Writing: The Malay Muslims of Southern Thailand, 1940s—1980s
– Kobkua Suwannathat-Pian

11. Locating Traditional, Islamic, and Modern Historiography in Patani-Jawi Identity
– Iik Arifin Mansurnoor

12. Patani Militant Leaflets and the Uses of History
– Duncan McCargo


Weight0.54 kg
Dimensions22.9 × 15.2 × 1.5 cm

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