Frankly this is quite a tedious and slow read to me I personally think that readers need to be equipped with some basics in discourse analysis to comprehend a few chapters especially the deconstruction of Hang Tuah s history as Farish Noor on a few occasions uses esoteric jingos like nodal point and discursive terrain Although I may disagree with him on his conclusion pertaining to transsexuality in Southeast Asia, I cherish his works as an attempt to deconstruct history from the influence of Orientalism which arguably what we need now in history terrain Other point that interests me most of this work is his application of social theories in reading history which then spices up my curiosity further At last, I manage to learn the origin of fluidity as a concept to be applied in understanding identity politics and state formation 4 stars for this book My last words to stauch skeptics of revisionist works you guys might not love the last chapter This review will be titled, What your Daughter didn t Tell you because if my Mom or anyone else who knows me for that matter is aware of what I was reading, there will certainly be raised eyebrows All Mom knows is that I m reading a history book, which is technically true Suffice to say, this is a book I won t recommend to my thirteen to fifteen year old students Although there is nothing wrong if one were to read the book objectively, I cannot imagine my students with their raging hormones being capable of doing exactly that Let s just say I will never look at the keris the same way again.Sexual contents aside and they weren t that much anyway , although I find some parts enlightening, for the most part, the book was boring If it wasn t because of my interest in the topics the book promised to deliver or because I have read his other works before, I might not have persevered reading than than the first few pages My mind kept wandering somewhere else as I read the book a sign that I should stop wasting my time I finally did.I think it is because the ideas are not well organised or clear I kept wondering, What is your point as I read the book The basis of his arguments are also not convincing enough for me And the academic style of writing was a huge turn off as well This author should stick to what he does best writing in a direct, simple and frank style that comes across as sincerely from the heart This book fails to do just that.Would I recommend this book to anyone Sure, if you are interested in reading alternative views on Malaysian history and are willing to wade through all the convoluted mumbo jumbo However, don t pick it up if you in the mood for a lighter read or if you are in the middle of wading through other convoluted academic writings for your thesis which was the mistake that I madeOn a side note, for those who are against racial politics which is the message that I think this book was trying to send , I recommend the book Interlok by Abdullah Hussain It s in Malay thoughI actually finished the book because I had nothing else to read at the moment I am therefore revising my review from one star to two stars because the chapter on PAS was very, very interesting and actually easy to understand without requiring much background or academically challenging words. Farish A Noor Might Just Be Malaysia S Hippest Intellectual His Gifts Are On Full Display In These Expanded Versions Of Public Lectures That He Delivered At The Annexe Gallery, Central Market Kuala Lumpur In And Find Out How Racial Difference Became Such A Big Deal In Malaysia, And Contrast This Against The Way Our Distant Ancestors Lived Discover The Hidden Stories Of The Keris, Hang Tuah And PAS There S Also Quite A Bit Of Sex Erudite, Impassioned And Sometimes Plain Naughty, What Your Teacher Didn T Tell You Is A Stimulating Plunge Into Aspects Of Our Past That Have Been Kept From Us There S Even A Bonus Chapter Illustrated With Dozens Of Sepia Toned Photographs, Many From The Author S Collection Of Antiques berjaya habiskan dalam masa dua hari saja Simply tak boleh nak berhenti daripada membacanya Dr Farish Noor, permata Malaysia paling berharga 4 5 stars.WYTDTY comprises a series of lectures on history of the Southeast Asia Keris, sexuality, politics and Hang Tuah Basically, it revolves on how Malaysia has lost its racial inheritance due to British colonization and ethno nationalist politics Encountered a lot of omg baru tahu moment gila enlightening, I never thought Malaysian history could be this colourful I would never look at Keris the same way again. I first heard about Farish Noor when I was procrastinating from my uni work Browsing through articles of anti incumbent government sentiments which are mostly gibberish and unsubstantiated, reading his work is like a Mr.Darcy moment swoon giggle swoon Reading Noor s articulate and immaculate analysis on our national predicament is both extremely erotic and refreshingly intellectual Throughout the book, I often imagine him handing out the lecture while I ll be in the front row seat listening intently hmm I wonder if I can marry him, and convert to a muslim at the same time and thus being able to have Noor as my 2nd husband The first chapter I read was From Pigafetta to Panji Revisiting History of Sexuality in SE Asia in the Hikayat Panji Semirang Topic was very enlightening, certainly not allowed in schools or masjids Details like men with pierced penises, displaying erected wares in the public was a norm, and western travellers being shocked in disgust with our so called budaya kuning culture.The rest of the chapters carried the similar undertones whereby what we are familiar with in our daily conducts in Malaysia are simply bollocks and BSes that are imposed on us by any group in power who are intent in keeping things comfortable for their convenience Be it religious groups, political parties or both If schools allow chapter 2 and 3 in the syllabus, our negara will got harapan and will bermaju.Any political affecianados and lovers of Malaysian history will fall for this book I regret leaving it back in Malaysia, it is worthy of re reading Mind you, the book is not a light read, each chapter is akin to an academic journal It has a bibliography Page 279 swoonswoon Lastly, if your Malay isn t proficient enough, you may find yourself in the shithouse Recommend to get a dictionary to accompany you. The ending, in my opinion, was a bit too abrupt I wanted to read about Hang Tuah but I guess this means I ll have to read the hikayat now Oh, and the keris chapter just completely blew my mind And the chapter regarding Dr Burhanuddin just, I don t know wHAT TO FEEL AFTER READING THIS BOOK You know when you think you know something only to have it ripped away from you unwillingly and replaced by new information It s exactly that Except it made me understand and better I need to read books like these. Buku ini sangat mengagumkan Sesuai dengan tajuknya What Your Teacher Didn t Tell You Kisah kisah dalam buku ni memang tidak dijumpai dalam buku sejarah mainstream Isu isu seperti isu keris, konsep feudal, politik bangsa, homoseksualiti, PAS dan Hang Tuah diangkat dan dikaitkan dengan sejarah lampau.Farish Noor cuba menyampaikan kepada kita bahawa keris yang suatu ketika dulu merupakan salah satu alat penting dalam istiadat Hindu Buddha berevolusi menjadi lambang orang melayu Seterusnya berkenaan isu feudal maharaja dan dewaraja yang bermula dari Majapahit hingga ke Malaysia hari ini Kemudian kita dibawa pula meneliti sejarah politik bangsa yang bermula dari zaman kolonial hinggalah ke alam politik masa kini Konsep bangsa terus dimainkan dan dilagukan Seterusnya kita menjengah ke arah homoseksualiti yang dianggap budaya buruk dan jahat berasal dari barat walhal sejarahnya sudah lama bertapak di Asia Tenggara dalam buku ini Hikayat Panji Semirang.PAS yang kini menjadi salah satu parti pembangkang di negara kita diceritakan sejarahnya oleh Farish Noor Bagaimana suatu ketika dahulu PAS dilabel kolot dan sedikit demi sedikit berubah ke arah gerakan yang progresif di bawah pimpinan Burhanuddin Al Helmi Kisah Hang Tuah antara kisah yang menarik perhatian saya kerana suatu ketika dahulu saya sering dimomokkan dengan kisah Hang Tuah sebagai pejuang perkauman Kisah Hang Tuah dalam buku ini adalah sisi lain Hang Tuah yang sering kita terlepas pandang. Finished this book yesterday and I enjoyed it thoroughly, especially the chapter lecture entitled From Pigafetta to Panji and Hang Tuah The Pacifist A must have for every curious Malaysian who wants to know a wee bit that what their teacher taught in school. Encountered a lot of Never knew that moments in reading this book, providing for some useful knowledge.The author desires to make true history accessible to the Malaysian public, by taking it down from the ivory towers and making it palatable to the Joe Malaysian Public But how accessible can it possibly be when the writing is so reminiscent of boring text books, using bombastic, academia like language It does not make for a riveting read when one has to check the dictionary ever so often Is it really written for Joe Public The other thing about this book is that it looks like a pretty book but heavily marred by punctuation errors and missing words One example, on page 249, on the last paragraph, fifth line from the bottom, I think there s a word missing after Malay It uses a lot of photographs and images which do not have captions I would ve like to know where the photos come from or even see credit given to the owners of those photos Also, there are Malay text being used throughout, particularly ancient Malay in the last chapter It would ve been nice if there were English translations for them I mean, I understand them but maybe there are others who don t Other than my anal comments, it s an interesting read.
www.othermalaysia.org along with Dr Yusseri Yusoff, which looks at the history of Malaysia from an alternative, deconstructive angle and which attempts to demonstrate the constructiveness and contingency behind historical development, particularly of nation states from the pre colonial to post colonial era.Over the past ten years he has also been researching the phenomenon of transnational and translocal religio political movements, including missionary movements such as the Tablighi Jama at and its networks from South to Southeast Asia as well as the development of religio politics in South and Southeast Asia, looking at the rise of Muslim, Christian and Hindu political religious revivalism in particular.His other interests include antiques and material history, and he has written about the plastic arts of Southeast Asia, focusing on things such as the Indonesian Malaysian keris to the development of woodcarving and architecture.Farish has also appeared in the semi documentary film The Big Durian film , directed by Amir Muhammad.
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- What Your Teacher Didnt Tell You (Vol. 1)
- Farish A. Noor
- 17 October 2019 Farish A. Noor