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9. Sources and Methodologies: History: Southeast Asia

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This chapter provides an overview of the sources and methodologies for the writing of history related to women, gender and sexuality. It deals primarily with the countries of Southeast Asia where Islam has a strong influence on women's lives, namely Indonesia and Malaysia, in which Muslims form the majority of the population. Susan Blackburn's seminal history of the relationship between women, the women's movement and the state in Indonesia examines issues of key concern to women, such as marriage, polygamy, economics and violence. The interest by the Malaysian state and Islamic dakwah groups in regulating family life has ensured their emphasis on observance of Islamic values in family life and parenting. Colonial administrations in most parts of Southeast Asia did, however, produce documents and records that historians have studied both in the region and outside.

Keywords: Indonesia; Islamic dakwah groups; Malaysia; Muslim women; polygamy; Southeast Asia; Susan Blackburn



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