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  • Roger Tol

Husin bin Ismail

In the first half of the 19th century, two individuals worked closely together as teachers and scribes in Singapore. One of them, Abdullah bin Abdulkadir Munsyi, was also an author and gained recognition and fame. We know a great deal about him from his autobiography and other sources. The other person, Husin bin Ismail, was the most productive scribe of both Malay and Bugis texts, and copies of his work can be found throughout the world. He was of Bugis descent (Wajoq) and worked as a teacher of Buginese, but little else is known about his life. If anyone has further information about this somewhat enigmatic figure, please respond to me at the address below. [End Page 117]

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