Economist, author and gallerist Michael Backman reveals the importance and key role of the Malay world in the history of economy, business and trade; and discusses how the fluidity of the Malay world and its interaction with the rest of the world has impacted on its art.


Michael Backman is the author of eight books that cover all aspects of Asia – from culture to politics & business. One of his publications Asian Eclipse, was named by The Economist among its ‘Books of the Year’ and appeared on several bestseller lists.

He is also the author of Rare Antique Asian & Colonial Decorative Arts and is working on a forthcoming book on Southeast Asian gold & silverware. Editions of his books have appeared in English, Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese and Indonesian.

This podcast is part of Asia House Arts in Isolation Series and Converging Paths, an initiative organised in partnership with Asia House that promotes the arts and cultures of the Islamic World.