This section contains introductions to classical works that have been summarised for publication in book form. It aims to promote to the public the richness of the Malay world with its variety of Malay literary works. Through this website, literature enthusiasts, especially the younger generation, will be introduced to classical works from Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei in the form of prose as well as poetry. Some of the works in the series have been published and are currently in the market while the rest is still in the process of publication. It is hoped that this noble effort will attract the public to follow or read the classical works of past Malay writers. The contents are loaded with knowledge and ideas that can benefit the present generation in strengthening their identity and learning as much as possible. The traditional Malay works also serve as a guide towards creating a civilised and caring society with good moral values. The youth, in particular, should be introduced to such great reading materials to build their identity. Therefore, it is hoped that the brief introduction of the works will serve to garner interest, give a general idea of the materials, and help facilitate the reader in becoming familiar with and owning the great works of Malay literature.
Every extract in this collection is taken from the preamble of the works of the Summaries of Classical Literature Project undertaken by the Traditional Literature Division of the Literature Department of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. Each classical work is summarised into a synopsis by using simple language to promote appreciation of the story in an attractive manner. The complete book on summaries of literary works which will be published soon is intended to provide a corpus of good and quality literature reading material to attract and facilitate literary appreciation among researchers, particularly students. Indirectly, it can nurture love for the country’s literature, culture and heritage, which offer noble values and good morals. These works cover a variety of stories such as literary tales, romantic tales, epics, stories of the prophets and prominent Islamic personalities, and poetic prose in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.
The publication of the Summaries of Classical Literature series is expected to satisfy the demand of readers, especially students who are inclined to read materials that are easy to understand. It is hoped that literature enthusiasts/readers do not miss the chance to own every Summary of Classical Literature published by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. The various titles of classical Malay literature displayed in this site are part of the Summaries of Classical Literature Project. Summaries of other classical Malay works will be added from time to time.