Abdullah bin Abdulkadir Munsji

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Abdullah bin Abdulkadir Munsji


Born 1796, in Malacca; died in 1854, in Mecca. Malay writer and enlightener.

Abdullah bin Abdulkadir Munsji was born into a merchant family. He wrote the publicistic memoirs Tale of Abdullah (1849), an autobiography; Story About the Voyage of Abdullah bin Abdulkadir From Singapore to Kelantan (1849); and Story About Abdullah’s Voyage to Jidda (1854). He sought to purify the Malay language of clichés and Arabisms. In 1840 he edited and published the 15th-century historical chronicles Malay Genealogies. He translated The Tale of Gahlila and Damina, a version of the Panchatantra, from the Tamil in 1835.


Sikorskii, V. Indoneziiskaia literatura. Moscow, 1965
Vinstedt, R. Puteshestvie cherez polmilliona stranits. Moscow, 1966.
Skinner, C. Prosa Melayu Baharu. London, 1959.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.