Jawi and the Manuscript Tradition
- Module Code:
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 2 or Year 3
- Taught in:
- Term 2
155900448: Indonesian language 1 (or equivalent)
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of this course a student should be able to demonstrate . . .
- the ability to read simple manuscript Malay texts in the Jawi script both printed and handwritten
- an awareness of the various philological issues involved in the study and editing of manuscripts
- an understanding of the various writing systems in Indonesia, and the various writing materials used across the archipelago
- an awareness of the key genres found in the various manuscript traditions of the archipelago, and the development and transformation of these genres with the emergence of lithograph and typographical production
- written and oral skills of presentation in particular to learn to use primary textual examples to backup arguments and hypotheses
- experience and knowledge of the various Indonesian/Malay bibliographic and other library resources
- understanding of issues of illumination and other decorative arts in the manuscript traditions of the archipelago
A total of 11 weeks teaching with 3 hours classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
The Jawi reading will begin by look at and the learning of the adapted Perso-Arabic script used in the Malay manuscript tradition, after using texts from children’s primers, students will soon move on to reading printed texts before moving on to examples of lithographs and manuscripts. Texts chosen will be principally literary, though examples from Malay newspapers will also be used. One hour a week will be devoted to lectures and student led seminars, in which key issues relating to the manuscript tradition will be addressed (philology, writing traditions, illumination, emergence of printing), through lectures and also key reading in English. These classes will be supplemented by visits to significant London collections of Malay and Indonesian manuscripts such as those held by SOAS Library, the British Library or the Royal Asiatic Society.
This course is compulsory for Year 2 of the degree of BA Indonesian.
Method of assessment
One two-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); one essay of 2,500 words to be submitted on day 1, week 1, of the term following teaching (25%); Jawi transcription, to be completed by day 1, after reading week of the term of teaching (15%).
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