Tag Archives: Malay manuscripts

National Library to launch database for Master Catalogue of Malay Manuscripts next year

(11 October 2017, Kuala Lumpur, (Bernama)  The National Library of Malaysia (PNM) will launch the database for the Master Catalogue of Malay Manuscripts next year in a bid to uplift the status and provide intellectual evidence of the greatness of Malay civilisation, said PNM director-general Nafisah Ahmad. She said this would be the first database […]


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Abdul Samad of Palembang, Malay guide to the writings of al-Ghazālī

(6 February 2017) Abdul Samad (ca. 1704-1789) from Palembang in south Sumatra (‘Abd al-Ṣamad al-Falimbānī) was  the most prominent and influential Malay religious scholar of the 18th century, who spent most of his life studying, teaching and writing in the Arabian peninsula. From references in his own works we know he was living in Mecca […]


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Royal genealogies from Indonesia and the Malay world

(10 April 2015) The prestige of a royal house in the Malay archipelago rested in no small part on claims of  descent from illustrious ancestors. At the most deep-rooted level, myths of origin in Malay texts drew on beliefs of unity between the earth and sky, symbolised by the marriage between a prince who descended […]


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Malay legal texts

(20 February 2015) Codes of law (undang-undang) and legal digests (risalah) are amongst our most valuable indigenous historical sources on the Malay world, for the rules designed to regulate life provide us with a wealth of information on the societies in which the texts were composed: expected standards of behaviour, and – as well illustrated […]


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British Library, National Library of Singapore to digitise Malay manuscripts

(London/Singapore, 19 August 2013)  At the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) 2013 meeting, Roly Keating the British Library’s Chief Executive signed an agreement with Mrs Elaine Ng the Chief Executive Officer of the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore to put an extensive range of materials of interest to Singapore online. The project will […]


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