11 April - Book Launch Held’s History of Sumbawa
This book presents, for the first time, a narrative of the history of Sumbawa in English. Sumbawa is a medium-sized island in eastern Indonesia with a long and highly interesting past. The recorded history of the island spans over a period that includes Hindu-Javanese influences, the early-modern Southeast Asian Age of Commerce, Islamization via influences from Sulawesi, Dutch colonialism, and the dramatic political changes of the twentieth century. The text was originally authored in 1955 by the Dutch Indologist Gerrit Jan Held, who died before it could be published. The original manuscript has been translated into English by the historian Hans Hägerdal, who has written an introduction and provided extensive footnotes to relate it to more recent research.