Areca Books: Pledge Form for Tarikh Raja Asal September 4, 2020 – Posted in: Book pledge

We are presently looking for additional funds to print the book. The minimum contribution is RM100. Contributors will, if they wish, get their names or organizations mentioned/listed in the Penghargaan. For every RM100, a contributor receives a complimentary copy of the book.

If you are interested in contributing to this significant book, please use this pledge form by clicking the button below:

Salam and Horas,

After my book Sutan Puasa: Founder of Kuala Lumpur was launched, I turned to completing an old project, that is, to write a book based on the 54-page typewritten Jawi manuscript Tarikh Raja Asal dan Keluarganya composed in 1934 by Raja H.M. Yacob, the son of Raja Bilah, a contemporary of Sutan Puasa. Raja Bilah is the nephew of Tuanku Raja Asal, the Mandailing overlord.

My forthcoming book Tarikh Raja Asal dan Keluarganya, Derap Perantauan Kaum Mandailing dari Sumatra ke Tanah Semenanjung covers a long period from the early 19th century, with particular focus on the Padri War (1803 to 1845), to the 1930s. It also presents the transliterated and annotated manuscript, to which I have added a long Introduction, a biography of Raja Yacob, and other material which gives great insight into the early settlement patterns of the Sumatrans in Malaya.

I am now happy to share with you the cover of my book, which is in its final phase of completion. The length is between 280 to 300 pages, including list of illustrations, biblio and index, with about 190 images comprising historical black and white photos, contemporary colour photos, and Jawi documents from the 19th and early 20th centuries including maps.

My granduncle Dr Jaafar Thani bin Jamaluddin, my aunties, uncles and cousins provided a ‘seed grant’ of RM12,000 to cover the research and writing, which has since been completed. Their contribution has been completely utilised.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Abdur-Razzaq Lubis

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