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Title: Travelog Melayu: Suatu Pengembaraan Intelektual dan Spiritual
Keywords: travel, intellectual, spiritual, philosophy of life, values, knowledge
Issue Date: 7-Dec-2012
Citation: LISDA MOHD AMIN @LISDA BTE ABDULLAH (2012-12-07). Travelog Melayu: Suatu Pengembaraan Intelektual dan Spiritual. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Travelogues play a crucial role in introducing societies to unfamiliar territories. They also serve as important documents providing information about the culture of the community visited by the writer. As with other literary genres, the genre of Malay travelogues has made its own unique contribution in helping us to understand the philosophy of life of the Malay community. It is to be surmised that Malay travelogues share many similarities with their Western counterparts. Some assume that Malay travelogues only emerged after the economic, political and social clash between the Malay and the Western world which occurred during the Western invasion of the Malay states. This thesis will provide a thorough examination into these opinions and assumptions. It will also put forward a detailed discussion on the dominant characteristics, form and writing styles of both Western and Malay travelogues. In this thesis it will become clear that the value of knowledge in the Islamic Malay world has evolved. In travelogues written during the colonial period, especially near the end of the 19th century and early 20th century, the knowledge instilled in the Malay community tends to lean towards modern Western knowledge especially scientific knowledge. However, by the end of the 20th century and early 21st century, Malay travelogues tend to give more focus to knowledge of an Islamic nature. This thesis will provide an explanation for this shift. Besides detailing the similarities and differences between Malay and Western travelogues, this thesis also aims to prove that religious notions are more prominent in the 21st century Malay travelogues as compared to those written in the 19th and 20th century.
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