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Historical Fact And Fiction

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In this book the author gives a penetrating insight into the ways of spurious thinking and analytical reasoning among historians of the Malay Archipelago in their explanation and interpretation of historical events pertaining to the coming and spread of Islam in the Archipelago. He exposes errors and fallacies in their chronological framework and educated conjectures, thei ...more
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published 2011 by Penerbit UTM Press
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Nazmi Yaakub
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Prof Tan Sri Dr Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas tidak pernah berhenti daripada menggugah pandangan kita dan menuntunnya ke arah pandangan alam Islam yang berasaskan tauhid dan 'adalah (keadilan).

Historical Fact And Fiction bergerak daripada dua asas ini - sejarah Islamisasi rantau Malay-Archipelago, iaitu alam Melayu dengan mendabrak pandangan yang diwariskan orientalis Barat kepada sarjana yang tersihir dengan pandangan mutlak sejarawi betapa Islam di dunia belah ini hanya dibawa oleh pedagang In
Imran Rasid
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I rarely( or never) put anything beyond 4 stars. Hence this book is of utmost quality in my list of super good books. True that parts of the author's claim, or one should say a hypothesis, need some further justification. For now, those are rather academic speculations. But the rest is pretty convincing.

I might have to reread this again, with closer examination and notes taking, to analyse the arguments put forward by the author. Will only do a proper review next time. But i must say this work
Khairul Anwar
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Being the first proper read of essays regarding the history of the Malay Archipelago, I am drowned in the wealth and breadth and the interconnectedness of the peoples of the region.

The essay includes among others, the derivation of the name Sumatra; on the Parameswara, Islam, and the derivation of the name Melaka; facts and proofs that show that the early missionaries who disseminated Islam in the region were Arabs from Saudi Arabia, and that as is proper, to recognize the fact, and further ackn
Nuruddin Azri
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Jika silibus sejarah di sekolah menengah dahulu mendatangkan hujah bahawa Islam datang ke Tanah Melayu melalui beberapa cara (antaranya ialah hasil perkahwinan dan perdagangan orang India, Cina dan tanah Arab), tetapi di dalam buku ini, SMNA menegaskan secara terperinci bagaimana Islam sebenarnya tersebar ke tanah Melayu melalui tanah selatan Arab Saudi (South Saudi).

Tanpa menafikan pengaruh yang dibawa oleh bangsa India dan Cina terhadap budaya Orang Melayu, penulis mendatangkan rasionalnya per
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Historical Fact and Fiction is Syed Muhammad Naquid al-Attas' criticism against the Orientalist narrative of Islam's genesis in Sumatra. With that as the preface, one should prepare beforehand for plenty of historical references and also a shift in perspectives conventional history has given us. For myself, I find myself at odds with what to feel about this work. It is largely an academic exercise in genealogical study that has a good huge chapter dedicated to it.

It would be difficult to believe
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Surprisingly easy to read, coming from an Al-Attas. I definitive new way of looking at the history of my country.
Amin Ashari
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am deeply intrigued by the content of the book, even more so on Prof Syed Muhammad Naquib's methodology which combines empirical facts with intellectual reason to determine the historical events that took place in the Malay Archipelago hundreds of years ago.

The essays on Parameswara, Sumatra, Malacca and the spread of Islam by systematic da'wah of the Hadrami Arabs who were descendents of the Prophet PBUH were critically researched and presented in this book.
Nisah Haron
Sep 27, 2011 marked it as to-read
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Available at Can't wait to start on this book.
Khairul Hezry
Oct 01, 2011 marked it as to-read
Needs a more detailed title (or at least a subtitle) but reading the contents at Ujana Ilmu (Nisah Haron's online bookshop) makes this book a must buy for me...soon.
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Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas, born September 5, 1931 in Bogor, Java, is a prominent contemporary Muslim thinker. He is one of the few contemporary scholars who is thoroughly rooted in the traditional Islamic sciences and who is equally competent in theology, philosophy, metaphysics, history, and literature. His thought is integrated, multifaceted and creative. Al-Attas’ philosophy and methodology ...more