His Word Is The Truth: Haji Ibrahim's Letters And Other Writings


by Van Der Putten, Jan

His Word Is The Truth: Haji Ibrahim's Letters And  Other Writings

Price:  US$62.33   (SGD80.95*)
Format:  Paper Back, 286 pages
Published:  2001, Netherlands, 1st Edition
ISBN:  905789064X
SB#:  033185 (120)

About This Book

This book is one of the few studies in which the background of a Malay writer is reconstructed. Haji Ibrahim (ca. 1810 - ca. 1875) -- a jack-of-all-trades who, to the best of his abilities, tried to serve the various groups in power in Riau in the 19th C -- is brought to the fore as a writer who began his career by writing dramatized reports for his superiors, and eventually acquired certain fame with a collection of conversations published in 1868 and 1872. In the oral-oriented Malay world of the nineteenth century, officials such as Haji Ibrahim may well be the initiators of a new literary tradition. Apart from a discussion in chapter 4 about his role in the political configuration in mid-nineteenth century Riau, where a Malay sultan, a Bugis viceroy and a Dutch resident each promoted their interests, Haji Ibrahim's talents in wielding his quill are discussed in the last chapter.


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