Hikayat Amir Hamzah

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Hikayat Amir Hamzah is a Malay literary work that chronicles the hero by the name Amir Hamzah. This book is one of the two Hikayat mentioned in Sejarah Melayu as one of the Hikayat used to encourage Malay warriors in their fight against invading Portuguese in Malacca in 1511.[1]

The manuscripts were originally written in the classical Malay language on traditional paper in old Jawi script.

Hikayat Amir Hamzah was originally written by a Persian writer with title Qissa’i Emir Hamza or Hamzanama. It was then translated into Arabic as Sirat al-Amir Hamzah.[2]

Later it was taken from India to Malacca during Malacca Sultanate and translated into Malay in Jawi script. The manuscript is also written in others language i.e., Javanese, Balinese, Acehnese, Turkish and Hindi.

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  • The Encyclopedia of Malaysia: Languages & Literature, edited by Prof. Dato' Dr Asmah Haji Omar (2004) ISBN 981-3018-52-6