Lithography and the Malay Manuscript Tradition

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults, 50 and above, Educators
  • Category: Arts, Heritage, Singapore & S.E.A, Other Happenings
Availability: 166
Sat, 24 Feb, 2018, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (GMT+8)

National Library

Level 5 - Possibility Room

100 Victoria Street, National Library Board, Singapore 188064


  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults, 50 and above, Educators

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The technique of lithography enabled the Malay manuscript tradition to continue in the modern age, allowing for mass-produced printed texts. The Poem of the Debating Birds (Syair Unggas Bersoal-Jawab) belongs to the ten most frequently reissued titles of Singapore Muslim Malay printing in the second half of the nineteenth century.
 
Join Prof. Edwin P. Wieringa as he discusses this once popular Malay bird poem which in scholarly literature has been dismissed as a poor and pale reflection of ‘Aṭṭār’s world-famous twelfth-century Persian Conference of the Birds.
 
About the Speaker
Edwin P. Wieringa is Professor of Indonesian Philology with Special Reference to Islamic Cultures at the University of Cologne.
His main interests are Malay and Javanese literature, both traditional and modern, and Islam in insular Southeast Asia. 

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