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IAS Working Paper on Traditional Marriage Ceremonies in Brunei

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No 47: Malay Traditional Marriage Ceremonies in Brunei: Continuity and Change by Nur E’zzati Rasyidah binti Haji Abdul Samad. Please see below for details.

Abstract: Brunei Darussalam is a Malay and Islamic state that is well known for its various local cultural heritage and Adat (customs and traditions) that are steadfastly maintained until today. Adat is considered to be one of the most significant local practices that reflects the unique identity and foundation of Brunei Malay society and culture. It is part of being Calak Brunei and has been carried out and passed down from one generation to another. Adat functions as a social, political, and cultural marker of Brunei Malay society. However, with exposure to and influence of Islamisation in Brunei Darussalam, there has been a decline in the performance and practice of Adat, especially in Malay traditional marriage customs as some of these customs are seen to be religiously incompatible. This paper explores and understands the extent to which tension and conflict between Adat and Islam exist in practices in the marriage customs of Brunei. It will also take into account the various changes and negotiations made to accommodate Adat within Islamic practices and values.

Author: Nur E’zzati Rasyidah recently graduated with a B.A. Hons in Sociology/Anthropology, Universiti Brunei Darussalam and is currently writing her M.A. thesis in car ownership in Brunei.

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