Undang-undang kedah manuscript: A law canon of an early Malay state

A. A. Adi Yasran, M. Z. Mohamad Zaid, M. Hashim, H. Halimah, Y. Mohd Sharifudin, S. A. Syed Nurulakla, J. Nurhidayah, Ahamad Asmadi Sakat

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The manuscript under study is based on a microfilm copy of the original version found in the SOAS Library, with the reference number MS 40329. The manuscript was written in 1067 AH (1650 AD) and took several years to complete. The content was divided into five sections namely Port Laws, The Law of His Royal Highness, the Canon of Law of Datuk Kota Setar, The Method of making the "golden flowers (tribute)", and the Law of 1999 AH. On the whole, the Undang-Undang Kedah was a customary law which was beginning to be influenced by the Islamic law as practiced in an early Malay state. The study is aimed at discovering the historical evidence of the Malay legal system based on customary and Islamic canons of law in which became the basis of the life of the Malay traditional society. The Romanization from Jawi script and some description of the work has been done before, but analysis of the content of the work pertaining to the canon of law and the language used has not been studied thoroughly yet. This study is aimed at giving more detail description of the legal aspects besides describing the language used considered to be significant in understanding the work. However all aspects under study only focused on Port Laws to give more details in analyses. From a legal perspective, there was found much Islamic influence, however there were also Malay customary laws and inconsistencies with the requirements of Islamic law. It is also found that are many discrepancies between the vocabulary of MS 40329 and the other version of the manuscript. This study has an important implication for the philologist, historian and reader to understand the content and accurate reading of the manuscript under studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-466
Number of pages8
JournalAdvances in Natural and Applied Sciences
Volume6
Issue number3 SPECL.ISSUE 2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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Keywords

  • History
  • Jawi
  • Kedah laws
  • Malay
  • Manuscript
  • Philology
  • Vocabulary

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Adi Yasran, A. A., Mohamad Zaid, M. Z., Hashim, M., Halimah, H., Mohd Sharifudin, Y., Syed Nurulakla, S. A., ... Sakat, A. A. (2012). Undang-undang kedah manuscript: A law canon of an early Malay state. Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, 6(3 SPECL.ISSUE 2), 459-466.

Undang-undang kedah manuscript : A law canon of an early Malay state. / Adi Yasran, A. A.; Mohamad Zaid, M. Z.; Hashim, M.; Halimah, H.; Mohd Sharifudin, Y.; Syed Nurulakla, S. A.; Nurhidayah, J.; Sakat, Ahamad Asmadi.

In: Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 3 SPECL.ISSUE 2, 01.2012, p. 459-466.

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Adi Yasran, AA, Mohamad Zaid, MZ, Hashim, M, Halimah, H, Mohd Sharifudin, Y, Syed Nurulakla, SA, Nurhidayah, J & Sakat, AA 2012, 'Undang-undang kedah manuscript: A law canon of an early Malay state', Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, vol. 6, no. 3 SPECL.ISSUE 2, pp. 459-466.
Adi Yasran AA, Mohamad Zaid MZ, Hashim M, Halimah H, Mohd Sharifudin Y, Syed Nurulakla SA et al. Undang-undang kedah manuscript: A law canon of an early Malay state. Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences. 2012 Jan;6(3 SPECL.ISSUE 2):459-466.
Adi Yasran, A. A. ; Mohamad Zaid, M. Z. ; Hashim, M. ; Halimah, H. ; Mohd Sharifudin, Y. ; Syed Nurulakla, S. A. ; Nurhidayah, J. ; Sakat, Ahamad Asmadi. / Undang-undang kedah manuscript : A law canon of an early Malay state. In: Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences. 2012 ; Vol. 6, No. 3 SPECL.ISSUE 2. pp. 459-466.
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