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IslamisationComparative Perspectives from History$
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A. C. S. Peacock

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474417129

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417129.001.0001

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The Story of Yusuf and Indonesia’s Islamisation: A Work Of Literature Plus

The Story of Yusuf and Indonesia’s Islamisation: A Work Of Literature Plus

(p.444) 22 The Story of Yusuf and Indonesia’s Islamisation: A Work Of Literature Plus

Edwin P. Wieringa

Edinburgh University Press

In an overview of traditional Malay literature compiled by Malaysian scholars, it has been suggested that Islamic storytelling about ‘the prophets and other major Muslim fi gures’ may well have contributed to the spread of Islam throughout the Malay-speaking world: ‘Not everyone can follow the intricacies of theological argument. Most people can enjoy a good tale, well told. The stories were usually about persons who had played a major role in the early history of Islam. The stories were, however, more than mere history. They were literary works in their own right, intended above all to entertain and delight their audiences.1’ However, the Malay tales of the prophets and heroes of the faith have hitherto attracted little interest from scholars except for a few philologists, and even they have mostly ignored this kind of literature.2

Keywords:   Yusuf, Indonesia, Islamisation, Literature, Prophet

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