Monday, June 23, 2008

Terengganu - Batu Bersurat (Inscribed Stone)

The Batu Bersurat or Inscribed Stone is the earliest evidence of Jawi (Malay writting based on Arabic Alphabet) in the Malay Muslim world. Aged around 700 years, it served as evidence that Islam arrived in Terengganu before 1326 - 1386. The stone was discovered half submerged after the flood at the bank of Sungai Tersat in Kuala Berang, Hulu Terengganu in 1899. Based on the study by Prof. Dr. Syed Muhammad Naguib Al-Attas, the date inscribed for the stone was Friday, 4th Rejab 702 Hijrah (22 February 1303).

A replica of the Stone is stationed at the main junction of Kuala Terengganu - pointing ways among others to the Terengganu Business District (where you can find Terengganu in a jam) and Pasar Payang.

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