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Tales of the Malay World Exhibition + Jawi writing workshop

Hosted by the Consul of the Singapore History & Literature Group
Culture & Entertainment
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Took place 1 month ago
Sat 07 Oct 11:00 - 13:30

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Step into the world of Malay stories – fantastical adventure tales of kings and heroes, founding myths of sultanates, and romantic poetry.

For centuries, Malay was the language of trade, diplomacy, religious discourse, and literature for maritime Southeast Asia. This exhibition explores traditional Malay literature captured in ink on paper – from handwritten manuscripts to early lithographed books.

The exhibition features precious manuscripts on loan from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, shown in Singapore for the first time. It is a unique opportunity to see these collections together.

Afterwards, for those interested, you are welcomed to learn basic Jawi (modified Arabic script) and familiarise yourself with simple Jawi symbols and their corresponding Roman alphabets. Discover also the various script types used in many Malay manuscripts!

Registration for the workshop is mandatory on the organiser's events portal here: Protected content