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Alexander West

PhD candidate

A.J. West MA
+31 71 527 2171

PhD student Southeast Asian Studies

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PhD Research

I'm working on an edition, English translation, and study of the fifteenth-century Old Sundanese narrative poem Bujangga Manik (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Jav. b.3. (R)). The text opens a window onto the Indo-Malaysian archipelago before the Islamisation of Sunda and the arrival of the Portuguese in the sixteenth century, and refers to commodities sourced from places as far apart as the Levant and New Guinea.


  • PhD Asian Studies, Leiden University (2018-)
  • MA Asian Studies, Leiden University (2016-2017)
  • MSc Social Anthropology, University of Oxford (2010-2011)  
  • BA Chinese, University of Leeds (2006-2010)


2019. 'Manuscripts and the medieval tropics'. In Bryan C. Keene (ed.) Toward a Global Middle Ages. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum.

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS Indonesie


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