May 26, 2013
Congratulations to Dr Johan Saravanamuttu and Dr Farish Ahmad Noor
I congratulate my good friends, Dr Johan Saravanamuttu of ISEAS, and Dr. Farish Ahmad Noor of The Rajaratnam School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore for making the ICAS Book Prize 2013 Shortlist.
Dr. Saravanamuttu’s excellent book is on Malaysia’s Foreign Policy while Dr Farish Noor deals with Political Islam in his book, Islam on the Move: The Tablighi Jama’at in Southeast Asia. He also wrote a two volume study on PAS–Din Merican
ICAS Book Prize 2013 Shortlists
The Reading Committees for the ICAS Book Prize (IBP) and the Reading Committee for the Best Ph.D have decided on the short lists with 5 books and 3 Ph.Ds in each category.
Julia F. Andrews and Kuiyi Chen, The Art of Modern China. University of California Press: Berkeley/Los Angeles/ London 2012.
Jeffrey W. Cody, Nancy S. Steinhardt, and Tony Atkin, Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts. University of Hawai’i Press / Hong Kong University Press: Honolulu / Hong Kong 2011.
Michael Dillon, China. A Modern History. I.B.Tauris: London / New York 2010.
Paul A. Van Dyke, Merchants of Canton and Macao. Politics and Strategies in Eighteenth-Century Chinese Trade. Hong Kong University Press: Hong Kong 2011.
James McHugh, Sandalwood and Carrion. Smell in Indian Religion and Culture. Oxford University press: Oxford / New York 2012.
Best Ph.D Humanities
Song Chen, Managing the Territories from Afar: The Imperial State and the Elites in Sichuan, 755-1279 (2011).
Ayeski Irani, Sacred Biography, Translation, and Conversion: The Nabivamsa of Saiyad Sultan and the Making of Bengali Islam, 1600-present (2011).
Birgit Magdalena Tremml, When Political Economies Meet: Spain, China and Japan in Manila, 1517-1644 (2012).
C. Fred Blake, Burning Money: The Material Spirit of the Chinese Lifeworld. University of Hawai’i Press: Honolulu 2011.
Dan Breznitz and Michael Murphree, Run of the Red Queen: Government, Innovation, Globalization, and Economic Growth in China. Yale University Press: New Haven / London 2011.
Miriam Kahn, Tahiti. Beyond the Postcard. Power, Place, and Everyday Life. University of Washington Press: Seattle / London 2011.
Johan Saravanamuttu, Malaysia’s Foreign Policy, the First Fifty Years: Alignment, Neutralism, Islamism. ISEAS Publishing: Singapore 2010.
Best Ph.D Social Sciences
Roberto Benedicto, Bright Lights, Gay Globality. Mobility, Class, and Gay Life in Twenty-first Century Manila (2010)
Thomas Cliff, Oil and Water Experiences of Being Han in 21st-Century Korla, Xinjiang (2012)
Aaron Mulvany, Flood of Memories. Narratives of Flood and Loss in Tamil South India (2011)
The IBP Reading Committee Accolades
In view of the overwhelming response to the competition (250 books and 100 Ph.Ds) we have decided to institute a new category: The Reading Committee Accolades. These Reading Committee Accolades are entirely separate from the established Prizes, and it is thus quite possible that there will be works receiving these accolades that are not included in the Long or Short lists in each Prize category. No work in any category will receive more than one award (Prize/Accolade). The authors whose works are selected for these Accolades will receive three books from the IBP list at choice.
IBP Reading Committee Accolades for the Humanities and Social Sciences will be given in each of the following categories but the Reading Committee has to consider whether these should be in each category.  Publishers Accolade for outstanding production values.  Most accessible and captivating work for the non-specialist reader Accolade.  Specialist publication Accolade.  Teaching tool Accolade.  Ground-breaking subject matter Accolade.  Edited volume Accolade.
IBP Reading Committee Accolades for the Ph.D theses’s will be given in the following categories:  Most accessible and captivating work for the non-specialist reader Accolade.  Specialist publication Accolade. Ground-breaking subject matter Accolade.