Shellabear began his long association with Malays and their culture after making friends with Malays while stationed as a soldier in Singapore at the end of the 19th century. The experience transformed him into a passionate Methodist missionary, a pacifist and a renowned Malay and Islamic scholar. Although his mission was to convert Malays from Islam to Christianity, he did so not by criticising Islam, but by treating it with the most profound respect. He gave freely of his scholarship by promoting classical Malay literature to be a foundation of a Malay culture that could continue to flower despite the growing encroachments of Westernising influences in the country. This biography brings to light the triumphs and tribulations of a man, now forgotten by many, to whom the country owes a great debt. 373 pages including a bibliography and an index. Very Good Paperback First Edition
Weight: 0.6kg. Post free within Malaysia
Published by The University of Malaya Press, 1996. First edition. ISBN: 9789679940923
Condition: Apart from a minimal amount of rubbing on the cover, the book looks new. There is also a two inch tear on the back cover.