Malay legal texts

(20 February 2015) Codes of law (undang-undang) and legal digests (risalah) are amongst our most valuable indigenous historical sources on the Malay world, for the rules designed to regulate life provide us with a wealth of information on the societies in which the texts were composed: expected standards of behaviour, and – as well illustrated by the list of transgressions to be legislated against – what commonly went wrong.

This illustrated discussion of ancient Malay legal texts is published in the BL Asian and African studies blog.