Dr Annabel Teh Gallop

Writing traditions, book cultures and the art of the Qur’an in Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean world; Malay and Indonesian manuscripts, letters, documents and seals, and comparative Islamic diplomatics

Elected 2019

Annabel Gallop joined the British Library in 1986 as Curator for Maritime Southeast Asia, and almost all her research has been rooted in the Library’s rich collections from the Malay world. Her first exhibition in 1989 was on Early Malay Printing, 1603-1900, followed by Golden Letters: Writing Traditions of Indonesia (1991) and The Legacy of the Malay Letter (1994). A particular interest in the formal aspects of letters and documents led to her 2002 Ph.D. on Malay seals, yielding her recent catalogue of Malay Seals from the Islamic World of Southeast Asia (2019).  Her current work is on the art of the Qur’an in Southeast Asia.  A common thread running through all her research is an appreciation of the material and cultural aspects of manuscripts as a crucial complement to their textual value.

Digital access to Malay and Indonesian manuscripts and related blog posts is available on the British Library's Malay blog.

Complete list of publications

Current post

Head, Southeast Asia section, The British Library

Past appointments

Indonesian-Malay section, BBC World Service Senior Producer

Jul 1985 - Aug 1986

Publications

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