The Elements of Myth and Legends in Selected Malay Historical Manuscripts

By Arbaiyah Mohd Noor.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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: The writing on history is not considered as new in the Malay world. It was written ever since the 14th century or may be earlier in time. Certain scholars disagree to the fact that the writing process did not occur in the traditional era. Names like J.C Bottoms, Winstedt, Wilkinson and many more did not acknowledge the content of the books as worthy of science or literature except for mere leisure reading. To them, the Malay writings are not historical facts since it combined many myths and legends in its contents. This research will discuss on the reality of myths and legends in several traditional works in the Malay world such as Sejarah Melayu, Bustan al-Salatin, Tuhfat al-Nafis and many more. In addition, the historians’ awareness of the said issue will also be elaborated.

Keywords: Manuscripts, History, Myth and Legend

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.67-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.170MB).

Arbaiyah Mohd Noor

Lecturer, Department of History, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

Education B.A in History & Civilization M.A. in History of Ideas PhD. in Malay Historical Thought Her interest are on Malay Historical Ideas, Malay Historiography and Malay Sultanate.

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