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MALAY AND INDONESIAN LITERATURE. Ever since the emergence of the Srivijaya empire on the east coast of Sumatra around 700 CE, the Malay language has played a dual role in Southeast Asia. It has first been the language of alam Melayu, the Malay world-the coastal areas around the Strait of Malacca, the South China Sea, and the Java Sea whose common narrative traditions, religious practices, and rituals make them the heartland of a distinctly Malay culture. Malay has also been the language of commu ...more


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