07 Jul '17, 3am

[Mothership] Munshi Abdullah, a scholar who worked for Raffles, was a genius of his day in the 1800s

If chicken essence was available in the 19th century, Abdullah bin Abdul Kadir would have been a poster boy endorsing it. He was, after all, a historical high-achiever often overlooked in the present day. Advertisement Born in Malacca in 1797, Abdullah, who was of Arab Indian descent, went on to become a multilingual scholar of Islamic studies. Apart from Malay, Abdullah was proficient in Arabic, Tamil, Hindustani, and English. Munshi Abdullah. Image via NLB. By the age of 11, Abdullah was already writing Koranic text. At 13, he was teaching religion to the Muslim soldiers of the Indian Garrison at the Malacca Fort. Abdullah was considered an accomplished scholar by the ripe old age of 14. He was called “Munshi Abdullah”, which means ‘Teacher Abdullah’. Part of his proficiency in writing was due to the strict regime enforced by his tiger dad. Mistakes that young Abdullah m...

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