This is a selection of resources on customs, costumes and etiquette in Brunei available from the NLB catalogue or the Internet. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list. If you come across more useful resources, please drop us a note so that we can share them with our readers.
NLB print and digital resources
Brunei: History, Islam, society and contemporary issues
This book examines Brunei’s history and relations with other countries as well as discusses the commonalities and differences among its seven Malay ethnic groups. In particular, the chapter “Women’s Rights in Brunei under the Islamic Family Law, 1999” provides an understanding of the issues pertaining to women’s protection, justice and rights in Brunei.
All rights reserved, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2016.
Brunei: From the age of commerce to the 21st century
Section IV of the book, “Adat Istiadat and Societal Management”, examines recent phenomena such as demographic expansion and assimilation of non-Malays/non-Muslims in the country as well as the use of tradition and traditional institutions to manage and control societal changes.
All rights reserved, Singapore: Published by NUS Press in association with Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2015.
Social customs and courtesies of Brunei Darussalam
Still a largely conservative Muslim country, this book provides a simple guide on the norms, social practices, fashion, food and drink, as well as how to address and engage in conversation with others in Brunei.
All rights reserved, Bandar Seri Begawan: Dept. of Information, Prime Minister’s Office, 1996.
Brunei society & culture complete report: An all-inclusive profile combining all of our society and culture reports
This report features useful information on greetings and courtesies, stereotypes accepted and rejected by Bruneians, taboo gifts and the general attitude towards time and punctuality for business and social engagements.
Retrieved from ProQuest Ebook Central. (myLibrary ID is required to access this database).