Sejarah Melayu, or Malay Annals – C. C. Brown (1970)

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Sejarah Melayu, or Malay Annals – C. C. Brown (1970)

S$200.00

Title: Sejarah Melayu, or Malay Annals

Author: C. C. Brown (trans), R. Roolvink (intro.)

Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1970.

Condition: Hardcover, with dust jacket. Very good. “Oxford in Asia History Reprints” series. Foxing to top edge, small university stamps to endpapers. No other defects. 273pp.

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About the book (from Wikipedia):

The Malay Annals (Malay: Sejarah Melayu, Jawi: سجاره ملايو), originally titled Sulalatus Salatin (Genealogy of Kings), is a literary work that gives a romanticised history of the origin, evolution and demise of the great Malay maritime empire, the Malacca Sultanate. The work which was composed sometime between 15th and 16th centuries, is considered one of the finest literary and historical works in the Malay language.

The original text has undergone numerous changes, with the oldest known version dated May 1612, through the rewriting effort commissioned by the then regent of Johor, Yang di-Pertuan Di Hilir Raja Abdullah. It was originally written in the Classical Malay on traditional paper in old Jawi script, but today exists in 32 different manuscripts, including those in Rumi script. Notwithstanding some of its mystical contents, historians have looked at the text as a primary source of information on past events verifiable by other historical sources, in the Malay world. In 2001, the Malay Annals was listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme International Register.