Revalution and Reconstruction of the Maritime Historiography in Southeast Asia Archipelago


  • Ismail Ali Universiti Malaysia Sabah
  • MOSLI TARSAT Universiti Malaysia Sabah
  • Douglas Nyeging Taong universiti malaysia sabah



Maritime, Historiography, Southeast Asia Archipelago, Revalution, Reconstruct and Seafarer


Seas and oceans are equally realms with their advantages in bridging nations, inculcating a sense of unity, mutual understanding, and cooperation as well as in generating wealth. They are considered priceless treasures, which can neither be exchanged nor modified. At the same time, seas and oceans are also capable of changing their function as theaters of conflict and routes towards colonization/imperialism that has ultimately led to the demise of various ancient kingdoms. In the historiography of the Southeast Asia Archipelago, the relationship between men known as seafarers and seas like the South China Sea, Sulu Sea, Celebes Sea, Flores Sea, Jawa Sea, Banda Sea, and others, all of which are within the confines of the Indian and Pacific oceans, is indisputable. It is not far-fetched to suggest that the change and development in present-day Southeast Asia, from traditional kingdoms to modern nation-states are intimately rooted in and shaped by the contributions of our seafaring ancestors. History demonstrates how they risked as well as sacrificed their lives crossing treacherous waters and encountering stormy weathers just to ensure their legacy and continuity of the future generations of seafarers, and turning this region into an epicentre that was second to none in the world of civilizations. Yet, their thousands of years of contributions and sacrifices appear trivial and pale into insignificance like” shipwrecks laying at the bottom of the sea in their forgotten watery graves”. This article aims to discuss the diversity of terminology and fields in maritime historiography; the glory of the maritime kingdoms in the Southeast Asia Archipelago as leading powers, emporiums, and empires; and to reevaluate and reconstruct the facts of maritime history in the Southeast Asia Archipelago.  


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Author Biography

Ismail Ali, Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Director of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Labuan International Campus (UMSKAL), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ismail Ali was appointed as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni (TNC HEP).

The appointment takes effect from 16 August 2014 until 15 August 2017, for three years.

He succeeds Assoc. Prof. Datuk Dr. Kasim Md Mansur, who held the post for five years until 15 August 2014.

Served as Assistant Registrar at the Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and language in his early career with the University, Dr. Ismail is a native of Sabah who is hardworking and aggressive in pursuing self-achievement.

In 2000, he successfully completed his Masters in Maritime History of Civilisation from Universiti Malaya (UM), before earning his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the same field in 2004.

He later served as a lecturer in 2005 and was later appointed as the Head of History Programme, School of Social Sciences after three years of service.

For his achievement and leadership qualities in various aspects, Dr. Ismail Ali was appointed as Deputy Director of Centre for Co-curricular and Student Development (PKPP) in 2009 before assuming the post of Dean for the Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language in 2010.


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Ismail Ali, MOSLI TARSAT and Douglas Nyeging Taong 2024. Revalution and Reconstruction of the Maritime Historiography in Southeast Asia Archipelago. International Journal of Business and Social Science Research. 5, 5 (May 2024), 1–9. DOI: