Associate Professor of Intellectual and Social History of the Malay World
Some books gain instant fame upon their first release. Others fade away as soon as they are published. And there exist a select few that are neglected, sometimes even shunned, when conceived, only to be discovered and revived by scholars who will give them life and significance in ways that the original authors could barely imagined many years after their passing. Such books are hidden gems. Indeed, they were products of brilliant minds that stand alone but were, in no doubt, far ahead of their time.