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'Tales of the Malay World: Manuscripts and Early Books' Exhibition

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Sun, 1 October 2017, 10am - 9pm | English
National Library Building
National Library of Singapore

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Fees: Free Admission

18 August 2017 – 25 February 2018

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.

These rarely seen items provide glimpses into the society that produced and read these literary works. Discover lesser-known stories of women authors and 19th-century lending libraries in the Malay world. Learn about the dramatic impact of printing on the manuscript tradition, and Singapore's role as the early Malay/Muslim printing hub for the region.

Come, discover these and other fascinating stories.


Visit for more information on the exhibition and its related programmes.

The exhibition runs from 18 Aug 2017 to 25 Feb 2018.
Would it be possible to state the duration as this is an exhibition that runs for a few months?

Level 10, Gallery, National Library Building



National Library Building

100 Victoria St


National Library of Singapore


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