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This blogspot is a medium to share my thoughts and adventures apart from promoting my books. Below are the books which have been written or authored and published by myself.


"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Mencari Diri dan Erti".

ISBN 983-42031-0-1, Jun 2006


"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Membela Syiar yang Asal"

ISBN 983-42031-1-x, May 2007


"Berpetualang ke Aceh: Sirih Pulang ke Gagang?"

ISBN 978-983-42031-2-2, November 2007


It is interesting to note that while these books were written in Malay it has gained enough attention to merit being part of the collections of the American Library of Congress and National Library of Australia. Look here and here.


While the first three books were published by my own company, the fourth titled "Rumah Azan" was published in April 2009 by a company called Karnadya with the help of the Malaysian national literary body Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. It features beautiful pictures along with stories behind selected mosques which could be related to the history of Islam and the Malays alongside the formation of the Malaysian nation. Look at the article A collaboration of old collegemates - the book "Rumah Azan".


My fifth book "Ahlul Bait (Family) of Rasulullah SAW and Malay Sultanates", an English translation and adaptation of the Malay book "Ahlul Bait (Keluarga) Rasulullah SAW dan Kesultanan Melayu" authored by Hj Muzaffar Mohamad and Tun Suzana Othman was published early 2010. Look here... My 5th book is out! Ahlul Bait (Family) of Rasulullah SAW and the Malay Sultanates... . For more information check out my Malay blogspot CATATAN SI MERAH SILU.



Like my fourth book "Rumah Azan", the sixth book "Kereta Api Menuju Destinasi" is also a coffee-table book which is published by the company Karnadya with the cooperation of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (the main Malay literary body in Malaysia). Coming out January 2011 it features pictures and stories on the adventure travelling by train to all of Peninsular Malaysia along with the interesting places which could be reached this way.


My seventh book "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah" in turn is a coffee-table book which is written, editted, designed and has pictures taken by me. Coming out of the factory October 2011, this book which combines family history with history of places such as Singapura, Johor, Batu Pahat, Muar and in fact the history of the island of Java and England has been reviewed with me interviewed live in the program Selamat Pagi Malaysia at RTM1. Look at the article Siaran langsung ulasan buku "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah" dan temu ramah di Selamat Pagi Malaysia. Some selected contents have been featured in Sneak peek "Jejak keluarga Yakin : Satu sketsa sejarah".


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The "Berpetualang ke Aceh" series of novels could be obtained in e-book form. Enter http://www.e-sentral.com/, click general novel and go to page 4. You can also type the word "Aceh" at the search box. Or click straight Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

New trip to the North - places in Alor Setar revisited...

Peace be upon you all. Over a month ago, I made a series of articles based on places revisited when going to the East Coast. The series was ended with the article New trip to the East Coast - Masjid (mosque of) Kampung Laut revisited...

Last weekend, I went to the North and revisited some other places. So let me just make an article or two based on the visits ya... starting with this. Come! :]



Here's a picture of my wife staring out a window at a certain interesting building. I've just finished my prayers when I saw her in this pose and decided to snap a picture...



For information, we were inside an old mosque...


The old mosque which is totally made out of timber without the use of any nail had been salvaged with new zinc roofings. It is located in Langgar, 11km out of Alor Setar...



The mosque is very near to the Kedah royal mausoleum.

Then we visited the royal mosque called Masjid (mosque of) Zahir right smack in the middle of the city of Alor Setar.



The information board says the mosque was designed following that of the mosques in Langkat, Sumatera. Have a look at the design in the pictures below...















Just outside the compound across the road, there lies this building known as Balai Nobat, the places for keeping the royal instruments. Compare its design with the tower of the old mosque shown earlier. Some say that's how the Balai Nobat looks like before it was replaced with a concrete building early 20th Century. Done... :]






4 comments:

Mohd Shahrizal said...

Radzi
I Have a plan to travel around Kedah next week. May i know where is exact location of the old wooden mosque at Langgar?

Radzi Sapiee said...

Just look for the royal mausoleum (makam diraja). The old mosque should be just 200 metres down south.

Mohd Shahrizal said...

Thanks MS,
Just visited the mosque few days ago.. Its very interesting and full of art...

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