The Importance of Learning Ancient Manuscripts in Understanding Archipelago

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The oldest Qur'an manuscript at Birmingham University, Birmingham City, England.
The oldest Qur'an manuscript at Birmingham University, Birmingham City, England. (Photo: By courtesy)

UNAIR NEWS – Culture is an important element that must not be forgotten in the history of archipelago, especially when languages ​​and scripts are now being pushed aside. Indonesian ancient linguists and scripts come from foreign researchers. It has been a serious problem that must be prevented immediately by involving academics, especially millennial students.

Indonesian Language and Literature Department (Sasindo) Faculty of Humanities (FIB) Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) is known to have ancient Javanese language, old Malay language, and Sanskrit language courses. These three languages ​​are the third semester compulsory courses. Students will learn about scripts, languages, and the history of ancient languages ​​.

Besides having an ancient language class, Sasindo Department also has a philology specialization that can be chosen by fifth semester students. Specialization in philology will provide knowledge for students in studying ancient manuscripts or commonly called manuscripts and oral traditions (folklores).

Moch. Ali, S.S., M.A.Min, one of the philology lecturers, explained that studying the ancient languages ​​and scripts of the archipelago is important and it is needed to conduct research on ancient manuscripts.

“Studying manuscripts is also an act that makes us love more the cultural wealth of this archipelago. Through texts we can understand the history of our nation in the past, “ he said.

In addition to providing information about history, culture, and events that occurred in the past, the manuscript also stores healthcare information. As we all know, one of the original Indonesian beauty products also uses recipes from the manuscript. The results of this recipe are extraordinary. Now many foreign countries are hunting manuscripts in order to find recipes or information regarding health. (*)

Author: Muhammad Wildan Suyuti

Editor: Khefti Al Mawalia

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