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Dr. Nasha Rodziadi Khaw

Lecturer
B.Sc. (Hons.) Pure Chemistry (Universiti Sains Malaysia)
M.A.  Archaeology (Universiti Sains Malaysia)
Ph.D. Archaeology (University of Peshawar)
 
Email: rnasha@usm.my
Tel: 04 653 4699
 
Research Interests:
Archaeology and history of Southeast Asia, Epigraphy and palaeography.
 

About

Nasha bin Rodziadi Khaw is currently the lecturer in the Centre for Global Archaeological Research, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Born in the January 11th, 1985 in Taiping, Perak, he received his early education in Sekolah Kebangsaan Bagan Ajam (1992-1997), Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato’ Onn Butterworth (1998-2002) and Penang Matriculation College (2003-2004). In 2004, he was admitted to Universiti Sains Malaysia’s undergraduate programme in Pure Chemistry. During this period, he was introduced to the field of archaeology through the minor programme offered in the Centre for Global Archaeological Research. Due to his deep interest in the field, as well as the ecouragement given by Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mokhtar Saidin, he pursued his Masters Degree in this field in 2008. The title of his Masters thesis which was written in Malay is “Historiography of Old Kedah: A Socio-Economic Analysis”, which revisited the archaeological data as well as historical records of Old Kedah and reinterpreted its political structure, socio-cultural environment and the chronology. After receiving his Masters Degree in 2011 under the USM’s programme Academic Staff Training Scheme Fellowship, he was sent to pursue his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Archaeology in the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. The title of his Ph.D thesis is “Study and Analysis of Brahmi and Sarada Inscription from Gandhara: Its Cultural, Religious and Political Impacts to the Region” which involved the documentation, translation and interpretation of Sanskrit inscriptions found in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This research also involved the detailed study of the palaeography and the implication of the inscriptions to the history of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Dr. Nasha published a number of books and research papers in the field of archaeology and history of Southeast Asia, especially regarding the ancient city-states of the Malay Peninsula. Among the books written by him include “Pensejarahan Kedah Tua: Sumber, Analisis dan Kritikan” (Historiography of Old Kedah: Sources, Analysis dan Critics), “Hubungan Politik dan Sosiobudaya China-Dunia Melayu Hingga kurun ke-15 Masihi” (Political and Socio-Cultural Relation between China and the Malay World until the 15th Century C.E), and “Hubungan Perdagangan Dunia Melayu-China hingga kurun ke-16 Masihi” (Trade Relation between China and the Malay World until the 16th Century C.E). In these works he discussed various issues in the early history of Malay Peninsula such as art and culture, evolution and formation of the early polities, as well as the political, economical and cultural relation between the Malay states with the outside world. For the history of Old Kedah, he focused on the reinterpretation of the archaeology and historical record on the port-polity in the context of the cultural and political history of Southeast Asia. Dr. Nasha also specializes in the field of epigraphy and palaeography. He has translated, and published a good number of inscriptions writtenn in Sanskrit found in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Malaysia.