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I’ll quickly introduce here a topic/post that I intended to start some time ago.

There is a famous Irish joke that begins with a stranger asking directions, only to be advised by a local resident that ideally they should start their journey from somewhere else.

That joke often comes to my mind when thinking about how to teach a deeper understanding Southeast Asia.

So where then to start that (or any) journey of understanding? Well, consistent with the best principles of education, the best starting point is through absorbing the intellectual efforts and achievements of others who have gone before us, and there is no better way of doing this than through reading.

I highlighted some of my own readings when thinking and writing about the murderous atmosphere in the deep South of Thailand here, and to expand on this approach I will start providing some reading lists relevant to Southeast Asian topics. I will continually add to this post, but let’s make a start with just two interesting topics.

For those interested in Jawi and the Manuscript Tradition the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London provides a list of recommended readings here. The same institution offers insights into The City and the Countryside in South East Asian Literatures, with a reading list (in Microsoft Word format) here.

To be continued…