Tuhfat al-Nafis
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Tuhfat al-Nafis


Virginia Matheson Hooker, Tuhfat al-Nafis: Sejarah Melayu-Islam, Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 1991.


MS Maxwell 2, Royal Asiatic Society, London.


text:  1866 [text has 1865 in error];    manuscript:  1890.


text:  Pulau Penyengat, Riau;    manuscript:  Bandar Baharu, Kuala Lumpur, “dalam ofis kerajaan Seri Indera”, copied by Syamsuddin bin Imam Musa Larut.


143907 words, including 18 verses


to the pages (1-360, 391-456) and lines of the manuscript.


This text was kindly provided by Virginia Hooker


Editorial notes
The Hooker text synthesises Maxwell 2 with four other manuscript texts; most significantly with:  KITLV Or. 69 (formerly HS 630):  copy dated 1896, text dated 1866, from Penyengat, Riau.  The critical approach is clearly set out in the introduction to the printed edition, which also meticulously indicates the contributions made by each source.  The overwhelming bulk of the text closely follows Maxwell 2.
The folio numbers allow cross referencing between the printed text edition and the fine English translation by Matheson and Andaya.
Tuhfat al-Nafis: Sejarah Melayu dan Bugis, karangan Al-Marhum Raja Ali al-Haji Riau (ed. Munir bin Ali), Singapura: Malaysia Printers, 1965.
Raja Ali Haji ibn Ahmad, The Precious Gift: Tuhfat al-Nafis  (ed. V. Matheson & B.W. Andaya), Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press, 1982.
Added:  1998
An early version of the text in digital form was very kindly provided by Dr Hooker.  It has been edited slightly.  There may be divergences in spelling between the MCP text and the version ultimately published by Dewan Bahasa.  Very minor discrepancies in folio and line numbers reflect slippage in the Dewan Bahasa format.