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A 14th Century Malay Code of Laws

The Nitisarasamuccaya

by Uli Kozok

Publication Year: 2015

"That is why the impressive results of the fieldwork and subsequent analytical research by the German scholar, Dr. Uli Kozok, are remarkable. By devoting considerable time and funds to his project in the interior of Sumatra, Kozok has produced results that will change the writing of the history of Malay. [...] By conducting fieldwork (Kozok saw the text in Kerinci in August 2002), by following up leads from the colonial literature (Voorhoeve's compilation), by analyzing the text without depending on accepted knowledge and by taking the step of using the latest technology to obtain an empirical perspective about the material, Kozok has succeeded in laying a major part of a foundation for the rewriting of the history of Malay in Indonesia!"- James T. Collins (2004, pp. 18-19)

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute

Cover

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Title page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

List of Tables

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p. vii

List of Figures

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p. viii

Abbreviations

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p. ix

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiii

This book is dedicated to a manuscript of a Malay legal code, the Nitisarasamuccaya (Compendium of the Essence of Policy), that I saw for the first time in 2002 in a village on the shore of Lake Kerinci, and which later turned out to be the oldest extant Malay manuscript dating back to...

About the Contributors

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pp. xv-xvii

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1. Pusaka: Kerinci Manuscripts

Uli Kozok

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pp. 1-16

One can safely say that the Tanjung Tanah manuscript TK 214, originally written in Dharmasraya, some 250 kilometres from Kerinci, owes its existence to the people of Kerinci who safeguarded the manuscript for almost 700 years as one of their sacred heirlooms. It is for this very...

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2. Kerinci and the Ancient History of jambi

John Miksic

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pp. 17-49

The manuscript known as TK 214 found at the village of Tanjung Tanah, Kabupaten (Regency) Kerinci, Jambi Province, has been convincingly dated to the second half of the fourteenth century. The manuscript provides a new and extremely important type of information about ancient Indonesian...

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3. Tanjung Tanah Manuscript TK 214

Uli Kozok, Waruno Wahdi

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pp. 50-161

In his function as taalambtenaar (language official) for Sumatra, the Dutch scholar, Petrus Voorhoeve, visited the Sumatran regency of Kerinci in April, and again in July 1941 to survey the Kerinci documents held by the people as sacred heirlooms in private collections. During the first visit, he made...

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4. Script and Language of the Tanjung Tanah Manuscript

Waruno Mahdi

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pp. 162-220

With the exception of the last two written pages that employ an apparently early form of surat incung — referred to here as incung script — the Tanjung Tanah manuscript TK 214 (hereafter referred to as “TTms”) under inspection is written in what has been characterized as Later...

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5. Tanjung Tanah Manuscript TK 215

Uli Kozok, Eric van Reijn

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pp. 221-280

The pusaka collection of Tanjung Tanah contains a total of ten manuscripts (TK 214–23, according to Voorhoeve’s Tambo Kerintji, 1941). Six of those are written in a Javanese type of script on lontar (palm leaf ) and are difficult to decipher. One of which is the Tanjung Tanah...

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6. Sanskrit in a Distant Land: The Sanskritized Sections

Thomas M. Hunter

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pp. 281-379

The purpose of this chapter is to explore in detail several sections of the Tanjung Tanah manuscript TK 214 (TTms) that are rich in Sanskritized vocabulary.2 I propose referring to these sections of the TTms as “framing sections” and understanding them as playing a role in indexing the TTms...

Bibliography

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pp. 380-396

Index

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pp. 397-424


E-ISBN-13: 9789814459754
Print-ISBN-13: 9789814459747

Page Count: 408
Publication Year: 2015

Edition: 1

OCLC Number: 907618365
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