A History of Classical Malay Literature

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About the Publication

This is a detailed, narrative-based history of Classical Malay Literature.

It covers a wide range of Malay texts, including folk literature; the influence of the Indian epics and shadow theatre literature; Panji tales; the transition from Hindu to Muslim literary models; Muslim literature; framed tales; theological literature; historical literature; legal codes; and the dominant forms of poetry, the pantun and syair.

The author describes the background to each of these particular literary periods. He engages in depth with specific texts, their various manuscripts, and their contents. In so doing, he draws attention to the historical complexity of traditional Malay society, its worldviews, and its place within the wider framework of human experience.

Dr Liaw’s A History of Classical Malay Literature will be of benefit to beginning students of Malay Literature and to established scholars alike. It can also be read with benefit by those with a wider interest in Comparative Literature and in Southeast Asian culture in general.

Co-publication: ISEAS / Obor

Available for distribution by ISEAS worldwide except in Indonesia.


PDF e-book files for this publication are available as detailed below.

A History of Classical Malay Literature [Whole Publication, ISBN: 978-981-4459-89-1] 19.90 USD
40.00 USD
Preliminary pages Download
1. Folk Literature 5.00 USD
2. The Indian Epics and the Wayang in Malay Literature 5.00 USD
3. Javanese Panji Stories 5.00 USD
4. Literature Belonging to the Period of Transition from Hinduism to Islam 5.00 USD
5. Literature of the Islamic Age 5.00 USD
6. Framed Narratives 5.00 USD
7. The Literature of Islamic Theology 5.00 USD
8. Historical Literature 5.00 USD
9. Classical Malay Law Codes 5.00 USD
10. Poetic Forms (Pantun and Syair) 5.00 USD
Bibliography Download
Index Download
Biographical Details Download

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