Khamis, November 11, 2010

INI BUKAN NOVEL SAYA


Gerimis pasti berhenti.
Namun pembacaan terhadap novel ini sukar untuk berhenti. Menanti gerimis berhenti barangkali satu penyiksaan, sebaliknya membaca novel ini adalah satu pengalaman mendamaikan.  

Andai Gerimis Berhenti tidak sesekali membiarkan sukma pembacanya sekadar terbuai dengan indahnya mahabbah, tetapi membangun sebagai insan yang lebih kental jiwanya mendepani hari-hari mendatang.



Memo: Terima kasih kepada Sdr Mardihah Adam yang sudi menghadiahkan saya senaskhah novel dwiloginya ini.

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Selasa, November 09, 2010

ABSTRAK SEBUAH KAJIAN

Popular Islamic Novels of Indonesia and Malaysia: A Preliminary Exploration  
by Dr Mohd. Zariat Abdul Rani
 
Abstract 
This study stems from a development taking place in Indonesia and Malaysia, two neighbouring countries in South East Asia. This development refers to what is known as the ‘phenomenon of popular Islamic novels’, which first emerged in both these countries several years ago, and which is still active to this day. 

In Indonesia, this phenomenon arose with the extraordinary reception received by the novel Ayat Ayat Cinta (Verses of Love) (2004) by Habiburrahman El-Shirazy. This was then followed by a reception of almost similar magnitude for novels like Syahadat Cinta (‘Divine Pledge of Love’) (2006) oleh Taufiqurrahman Al-Azizy, Mukjizat Cinta (‘Miracle of Love’) (2007) by Muhammad Masykur A.R. Said dan Kasidah-Kasidah Cinta (‘Divine Verses of Love’) (2007) by Muhammad Muhyidin.  

The phenomenon in Malaysia began with the overwhelming reception received by Zaid Akthar’s Salju Sakinah (‘The Snow of Tranquillity’) (2008). This was followed by Warkah Cinta Berbau Syurga (A Heaven-scented Love Letter) (2008) and Hidayah Cinta (‘The Divine Guidance of Love’) (2008) by Ilham Hamdani, as well as Rona-rona Cinta Damascus (‘The Colours of Love of Damascus’) (2008) by Sheila Wani. The extremely positive reception towards these novels is found to have catalysed the publication of other novels bearing almost similar external appearances. This makes the publication of these popular Islamic novels in both countries a literary phenomenon in its own right, that cannot merely be glossed over. 

With reference to the external appearances, such as the titles of the novels, the cover illustrations, the blurbs and even the names and biodatas of the authors, one very apparent characteristic is is the inclination to display Islamic imagery. This then raises the question: do these novels actually offer Islamic messages, as suggested by their external appearances? If they do indeed offer Islamic messages, in what manner are these messages conveyed, given that they have attracted the attention of the Muslim public in Indonesia and Malaysia so comprehensively? This study attempts to answer these questions by analysing a number of novels, identify the messages contained within, and subsequently, synthesise a ‘standard offering’ that can be gleaned from the popular Islamic novels of Indonesia dan Malaysia. 


Memo: Kepingin membaca kajian ini.

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Isnin, November 08, 2010

SEBUAH AUTOBIOGRAFI


Sederhana dan cukup bersahaja.

Itu yang dapat saya ungkapkan sejurus menatap autobiografi mantan Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia yang kini ditugaskan sebagai Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Pendidikan (SPP) mulai 29 Oktober 2010 lalu. Bukan sekadar catatan riwayat hidup awal remajanya, buku berkulit keras ini turut memuatkan ilustrasi lakaran peribadi beliau sendiri. 

Dengan latar belakang seorang anak desa yang datangnya dari keluarga yang susah dan serba kekurangan, autobiografi menarik dan penuh kelainan ini pasti mampu menyuntik motivasi dan menjadi inspirasi kepada para pembacanya.

Memo: Terima kasih kepada Sdr. Selan Osni yang memberi kepercayaan kepada saya untuk sama-sama menyunting autobiografi berharga ini. Terima kasih juga kepada Darulfikir.

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