Wealthy in oil resources and rich in Islamic and Malay heritage, the sultanate of Brunei is a small state on the island of Borneo, which it shares with Malaysia and Indonesia. Whilst drinking alcohol, smoking and eating non-halal meat are considered unlawful, Brunei’s rubrics extend farther than mere rules; they represent the country’s unique history and a robust Islamic legacy.
Graham Saunders pens an insightful and informational publication on the myths and truths of the sultanate of Brunei in his book A History of Brunei.
If you are looking to travel in this island get a copy of Rough Guide, which has a variety of resources which introduce the culture and history of Brunei Darussalam. Alan Whicker’s travel documentary Whicker's World contains a rare interview with the Sultan of Brunei.