Letter from His Royal Highness Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah, the 26th Sultan of Kedah (1882-1943)
This excerpt is an extract from the correspondence of His Royal Highness Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah, the 26th Sultan of Kedah (1882-1943). The letters are categorised by five main topics and include letters on the state's export, detailed notes on the financial affairs of the state, Official Appointments from 1905-1943, the palace diary, which includes a detailed description of King Chulalongkorn's visits to Langkawi, Alor Setar and Malay States generally.
Via these sources, we are able to get a broad view of the economic, political and socio-cultural activity of the time, which includes the use of language, an overview of Eastern and Western colonialism as the documents span periods of Siamese, British and Japanese colonialism. This handwritten extract written in Jawi is part of a volume consisting of 14 books dated from 1300 to 1362 H (1882-1943).
The Sultan Abdul Hamid Collection has been ratified as part of the greater collection listed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register due to its unique insights and information on the Malay Sultanate before the British Colonial rule.