Asia Institute - Theses
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The Avicennian moment: separation and the science of being (qua being) in Aristotle and Avicenna
This thesis considers the fundamental conception of first philosophy (metaphysics) in the Metaphysics of Aristotle and its reception–reform in a major work of Abū ‘Alī al-Husayn Ibn-Sīna (Avicenna): the Metaphysics of the ...
A history of art exhibitions: the emergence of critical exhibitions in Southeast Asia, 1970s–1990s
This thesis is the first comparative study of exhibition histories in Southeast Asia from the 1970s to 1990s. It aims to inaugurate new ways of studying exhibitions by identifying, validating and constructing typologies ...
Cultural and linguistic issues in Arberry’s English translation of the Qur’anic dialogue
Analytical and comparative studies on the translations of the Qur’an into English are prominent and widespread. However, to the best of my knowledge, research on translating Qur’anic dialogue, which is one of the most ...
The UN-ASEAN policy coordination on trafficking in persons
The linkage between the United Nations (UN) and regional organisations has multiplied as their mandates grew into much broader areas. Despite the high frequency of their interactions and resultant significant implications, ...
Affordable housing provision in Chinese cities: a solution for whom?
Access to adequate and secure housing is a basic human right, which impacts all aspects of a person’s wellbeing. This requires government to play a role in housing provision to ensure basic housing needs, particularly for ...
Political communication spaces in the Chinese context: a case study of the Chinese media’s reporting of Sino-Japanese relations
This dissertation joins a vibrant conversation in the media and communication scholarship about the media-politics dynamics in contemporary Chinese context. As a part of a more general reconsideration of the current state ...
Gekokujo: folklore, reformation and suppression in the Samurai era
Whilst the concept of gekokujo (low overcoming high) is well documented in the study of medieval Japan it has traditionally been confined to the militarism that characterized the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. ...
Contextualising wasaṭiyyah from the perspective of the leaders of the Malay/Muslim community in Singapore today
The need for this research arises from the current discourse associating extremism and violence to the Muslim ummah (community). In one corner of the discourse, certain sections have unequivocally associated violence and ...
An inconsolable cry: Yu Hua, Fictional History and China’s post-Mao zhishifenzi
In this thesis I offer a cultural history approach to the issue of zhishifenzi identity in post-Mao China, and above all between the 1990s and the present. I examine the ideology of the zhishifenzi group – by which I mean ...
Spatiality, education and subjectivity: prescription, negotiation and the spatial politics of interethnic interactions in a Xinjiangban school
The aim of this thesis is to examine interethnic politics and the spatial issues associated with these politics that unfold in the daily operations of a Xinjiangban school. The Xinjiangban (Neidi Xinjiang gaozhongban, ...