The Significance of the Arabic-Modelled Malay Novel Hikayat Faridah Hanum

in Journal of Arabic Literature
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Abstract

Arabic literature had a great impact on Malay literature, due to the cultural connection with Arabic through Islam. This article attempts to uncover the extent to which the Malay narrative tradition has been influenced by Egyptian literature through the example of the novel Hikayat Faridah Hanum, published in 1925-6 by Syed Sheikh bin Ahmad al-Hadi, which appears to have been influenced by Muammad ussain Haykal’s novel Zaynab, first published in 1914. It also reveals that the similarity between the two works does not indicate plagiarism, but rather al- Hadi’s concern for the Malaysian narrative forms and their preference for happy endings. As a reformist, Syed Sheikh’s novel is an embodiment of his intellectual ideals of liberating Malay women from traditional social bonds well established in Malay society.

The Significance of the Arabic-Modelled Malay Novel Hikayat Faridah Hanum

in Journal of Arabic Literature

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