Dr Hjh Asiyah az-Zahra Hj Ahmad Kumpoh

asiyah.kumpoh@ubd.edu.bn

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

          

          

Asiyah az-Zahra received her PhD in Sociology from University of Leicester in 2012, and now holds a position as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She teaches historical methodology, tradition and modernisation in Brunei Darussalam, social and economic urbanisation in Southeast Asia, and the evolution of philosophy and theories in historical studies. Her current research focuses on conversion narratives, ethnic identity, Diaspora in Brunei and the historical evolution of religion, identity and culture in Brunei Darussalam and Southeast Asia. Among her recent publications are:

AKM Ahsan Ullah & Asiyah Az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2018). Are borders the reflection of international relations? Southeast Asian borders in perspective. Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, 5(3):295-318.

AKM Ahsan Ullah & Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2019). Diaspora community in Brunei: Culture Ethnicity and Integration, Diaspora Studies, Vol 12(1): 14-33

Awg Hj Asbol Hj Mail, Ampuan Hj Brahim Ampuan Hj Tengah, Dr Nani Suryani Abu Bakar, Dr Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh and Hj Tassim Hj Abu Bakar (2019), Melayu Islam Beraja: The Malay Islamic Monarchy in Negara Brunei Darussalam prior to 1906: A Historical Study. Bandar Seri Begawan: Brunei Historical Society.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts (History) Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Master of Arts (Asian Studies) Australian National University
Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology) Leicester University, United Kingdom

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Conversion narratives
Ethnic identity
Diaspora in Brunei
Historical evolution of religion, identity and culture

FUTURE PROJECTS

Making Sense of ‘Dusunness’: Reconceptualising Ethnic Representation and Identity

This study aims to extend Frederik Barth’s work (1969) on ethnic boundaries to reconceptualise Dusun identity as a zero sum game, and to move away from treating ethnic identity as deculturation and loss of identity. Other major objectives of the study are to identify variations in the representations of ‘Dusun’ in official discourses and state narratives in the colonial and post-colonial periods in Brunei and to some extent, Sabah. This study will also give consideration to emic and etic perspectives in order to understand the ways the Dusuns identity themselves and make sesen of ‘Dusunness’ in everyday life. By collating in-depth qualitative data, this project will provide important insights and information on a significant ‘puak’ in Brunei and their status, and their contribution to nation building and formation of national identity.


Applications Invited
Closed (on-going project)
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Scopus Publications

10

Google Scholar Citations

2

Google Scholar h-index

Scopus Publications

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh, Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah and Noor Azam Haji-Othman (2017) Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Bruneian Society, in Comparative Studies in ASEAN Cultures and Societies, Bangkok: Semadhma Publishing House. pp.1-44.

Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2017) The Relevance of Contextual Components in the Religious Conversion Process: The Case of Dusun Muslims in Brunei Darussalam. In Borneo Studies in History, Society and Culture, Asia in Transition, Vol. 4. edited by King, Zawawi Ibrahim and Noor Hasharina Hassan. Singapore: Springer. pp. 493–510.

AKM Ahsan Ullah & Asiyah Az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2018). Are borders the reflection of international relations? Southeast Asian borders in perspective. Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, 5(3):295-318

AKM Ahsan Ullah & Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2019). Diaspora community in Brunei: Culture Ethnicity and Integration, Diaspora Studies, Vol 12(1): 14-33

Awg Hj Asbol Hj Mail, Ampuan Hj Brahim Ampuan Hj Tengah, Dr Nani Suryani Abu Bakar, Dr Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh and Hj Tassim Hj Abu Bakar (2019), Melayu Islam Beraja: The Malay Islamic Monarchy in Negara Brunei Darussalam prior to 1906: A Historical Study. Bandar Seri Begawan: Brunei Historical Society.

TOP PUBLICATIONS

Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2011) Conversion to Islam: The case of the Dusun ethnic group in Brunei Darussalam (PhD thesis), University of Leicester. https://lra.le.ac.uk/handle/2381/9804

Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2016) Defining Dusun Identity in Brunei. SUVANNABHUMI: Multidisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. Vol 8(2). pp.131-159

Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2017) Brunei Darussalam in 2016: Adjusting to Economic Challenges. Southeast Asian Affairs 2016. pp. 117-130.

Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2017) The Relevance of Contextual Components in the Religious Conversion Process: The Case of Dusun Muslims in Brunei Darussalam. In Borneo Studies in History, Society and Culture, Asia in Transition, Vol. 4. edited by King, Zawawi Ibrahim and Noor Hasharina Hassan. Singapore: Springer. pp. 493–510.
AKM Ahsan Ullah & Asiyah Az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2018). Are borders the reflection of international relations? Southeast Asian borders in perspective. Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, 5(3):295-318

AKM Ahsan Ullah & Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2019). Diaspora community in Brunei: Culture Ethnicity and Integration, Diaspora Studies, Vol 12(1): 14-33

GRANT DETAILS

Belait Language and Oral History Documentation, UBD Grant, B$25,000, 2007 (Team Member)
Unsur-Unsur Melayu Islam Beraja Sebelum 1906: Satu Kajian Sejarah, UBD Grant, B$21,000. 2013 (Team Member)
Making Sense of 'Dusunness': Reconceptualising Ethnic Representation and Identity, UBD Grant, B$22,760, 2019 (Principal Investigator)

RESEARCH OUTPUTS (PATENTS, SOFTWARE, PUBLICATIONS, PRODUCTS)

1. Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2007) A Portrayal of the Lives of Bruneian Women in the 19th and early 20th centuries as reflected in the writings of some contemporary Western visitors. Southeast Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 7(1), pp. 17–26
2. Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2010) The British Policies in Brunei after the Second World War: The Influence of the Cold War or the Oil Factor? (title translated). In Pusat Sejarah Brunei. 100 Tahun Hubungan Brunei-British (1906-2006), Kumpulan Kertas Kerja Seminar Sejarah Brunei III. Bandar Seri Begawan: Pusat Sejarah Brunei. pp. 186–203.
3. Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2011). Islamic Da’wah in Brunei: Past Developments, Challenge and Future Prospects. Jurnal Darussalam, No. 11. pp. 38-60.
4. Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2012), Keberkesanan Kaedah Da’wah Dalam Proses Pengislaman: Satu Kajian Kes Masyarakat Dusun Di Daerah Tutong, Negara Brunei Darussalam. Norarfan Zainal, et al. Membongkar Rahsia Pendidikan Islam. Brunei Darussalam: Kolej Universiti Perguruan Ugama Seri Begawan. pp. 591- 597.
5. Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2013) Manifestasi Penerapan Agama dan Budaya Islam di Negara Brunei Darussalam. Prosiding Seminar Sejarah Borneo Ke-3: Kerajaan-Kerajaan Melayu dan Hubungannya dengan Kesultanan Brunei. Bandar Seri Begawan: Pusat Sejarah Brunei. pp. 350-357.
6. Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2014) Some Insights Into The Impacts Of The Islamic Education On The Non-Muslims In Brunei Darussalam. TAWARIKH: International Journal for Historical Studies. Vol. 5(2), pp. 161–176.
7. Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2015) Understanding Religious Conversion of the Dusun Muslim Converts in Brunei Darussalam: Critical Engagement of the Rambo Model, In Graffiti, Converts and Vigilantes: Islam Outside the Mainstream in Maritime Southeast Asia, edited by Tomáš Petrů. Vienna: CAESARPRESS. pp. 181–212.
8. Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2016) Manifestasi Penerapan Agama dan Budaya Islam di Negara Brunei Darussalam. Jurnal Rampak Serantau. No. 21. pp. 290-305.
9. Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2016) Evaluation of the Colonial Office Records: C.O.874/1 to C.O.874/16. Jurnal Darussalam. 15. pp. 6–15.
10. Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2016) Defining Dusun Identity in Brunei. SUVANNABHUMI: Multidisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. Vol 8(2). pp.131-159.
11. Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2017) Brunei Darussalam in 2016: Adjusting to Economic Challenges. Southeast Asian Affairs 2016. pp. 117-130.
12. Hjh Roziana Hj Mahmud and Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2017). Wanita Brunei di Zaman Residen British: Kesedaran Pendidikan dan Penyumbang Ekonomi Keluarga, Jurnal Rampak Serantau, No. 24. pp. 452-466.
13. Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2017) The Relevance of Contextual Components in the Religious Conversion Process: The Case of Dusun Muslims in Brunei Darussalam. In Borneo Studies in History, Society and Culture, Asia in Transition, Vol. 4. edited by King, Zawawi Ibrahim and Noor Hasharina Hassan. Singapore: Springer. pp. 493–510.
14. Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh, Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah and Noor Azam Haji-Othman (2017) Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Bruneian Society, in Comparative Studies in ASEAN Cultures and Societies, Bangkok: Semadhma Publishing House. pp.1-44.
15. Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2018) Muallaf di bawah Pemerintahan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (1967-2017): Peningkatan Kualiti Kefahaman Beragama dan Pengurusan Hal-Ehwal Kebajikan. In Kegemilangan Pemerintahan: Kumpulan Artikel Sempena Jubli Emas Pemerintahan Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzadin Waddaulah, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam (1967-2017). edited by Prof. Madya Dr Haji Awg Asbol bin Haji Mail, Prof Madya Ampuan Dr Haji Brahim bin Ampuan Haji Tengah, Dr Haji Awang Mohamad Yusop bin Haji Awang Damit and Awang Haji Rosli bin Haji Ampal. Bandar Seri Begawan: Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. pp. 203 - 225.
16. AKM Ahsan Ullah & Asiyah Az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2018). Are borders the reflection of international relations? Southeast Asian borders in perspective. Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, 5(3):295-318 (Sage Publishing).
17. AKM Ahsan Ullah & Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh (2019). Diaspora community in Brunei: Culture Ethnicity and Integration, Diaspora Studies, Vol 12(1): 14-33 (Scopus, Taylor and Francis).
18. Awg Hj Asbol Hj Mail, Ampuan Hj Brahim Ampuan Hj Tengah, Dr Nani Suryani Abu Bakar, Dr Asiyah az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh and Hj Tassim Hj Abu Bakar (2019), Melayu Islam Beraja: The Malay Islamic Monarchy in Negara Brunei Darussalam prior to 1906: A Historical Study. Bandar Seri Begawan: Brunei Historical Society.

CONSULTANCY

Module Facilitator for Qualitative Research Methodology, Royal Brunei Armed Forces Defence Academy, Command and Staff Course 9 (2019)

Industry, Institute, or Organisation Collaboration

Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (Vice-President) (2017 - present)