He was the first local Malay writer to use colloquial Malay in his published works. Where writers then would follow the traditional Malay literary style, which was formal and courtly, his style of writing is lively, realistic and rich with Malay proverbs and idioms. His autobiography, Hikayat Abdullah The Story of Abdullah , was written between and , and first published in Jawi script in It contains one of the most detailed records of Singapore in the early s.
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Munshi Abdullah b. Abdullah was known for his work as a teacher, interpreter and writer. At six, he suffered a severe attack of dysentery. Pampered by his grandmother, he was unable to read the Koran even at the age of seven. He could only trace out the written Arabic characters with his pen while the other children chanted their verses.
His father also gave him nightly writing exercises, and severely punished him for any mistakes until he was word-perfect. He also taught religion to Muslim soldiers of the Indian garrison stationed at Malacca Fort.
From them, he learned Hindustani. As the captain was leaving with his document, Sheikh Abdul Kadir returned. Abdullah zealously read all the Malay manuscripts he could lay his hands on, giving his teachers no rest with his questions. He also went to great lengths to seek out tutors who could expound to him the intricacies of Malay idioms. By the age of 14, he was an accomplished Malay scholar. Abdullah attended the class to learn English.
Other missionaries followed suit, and Abdullah was kept busy teaching them Malay and translating the Gospels. The two later worked together to translate parts of the Bible into Malay, and operate a hand press producing other printed material, including religious tracts. Abdullah worked with Keasberry to print a large number of books, and also taught him Malay. Unlike other Malay writing at the time, he eschewed fantasy and legend, and instead wrote realistic accounts of events based on his own experiences and those of others.
Another translated version, by Methodist missionary and Malay literature scholar William Shellabear , is also regarded as being out-of-date. Abdullah Abdul Kadir. Hill, Trans. Singapore: Oxford University Press, pp. Call no. An anecdotal history of old times in Singapore — Singapore: The encyclopedia. Singapore: Oxford University Press, p. Santa Barbara, Calif.
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London: Athlone Press, p. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic. Home Personalities. Munshi Abdullah by Cornelius-Takahama, Vernon. I have feedback on this infopedia article: Munshi Abdullah.
Munshi Abdullah b. Abdullah was known for his work as a teacher, interpreter and writer. At six, he suffered a severe attack of dysentery. Pampered by his grandmother, he was unable to read the Koran even at the age of seven. He could only trace out the written Arabic characters with his pen while the other children chanted their verses. His father also gave him nightly writing exercises, and severely punished him for any mistakes until he was word-perfect. He also taught religion to Muslim soldiers of the Indian garrison stationed at Malacca Fort.
Abdullah bin Abdul Kadir
He was a famous Malacca -born munshi of Singapore  and died in Jeddah , a part of the Ottoman Empire. Munshi Abdullah has been popularly regarded as among the most cultured Malays who ever wrote,  one of the greatest innovators in Malay letters  and the father of modern Malay literature. The term Munshi means "teacher" or "educator". Munshi Abdullah was a great-grandson of a Hadhrami Arab trader,  and also had Tamil and to a smaller extent, Malay ancestry.
Abdullah Abdul Kadir
The Life and Works of Abdullah Bin Abdul Kadir Munsyi (1796-1854)