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Abd-al-Rauf al- Sinkili

(d. 1693)


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(d. 1693)

Acehnese (North Sumatran) scholar who played a major role in translating Islamic texts into Malay. Born in Singkel, North Sumatra, he studied in Arabia between 1641 and 1660 under scholars such as Ahmad al-Qushashi and Ibrahim al-Kurani. Returned to North Sumatra and taught under the patronage of the Acehnese court. His best-known work is an adaptive Malay rendering of al-Suyuti's Tafsir al-Jalalayn (The tafsir of the two Jalals). It is the earliest complete explication of the Quran in Malay, still widely used in local madrasas.

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