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Carelessness in preserving manuscripts as a heritage: cases of local treatment in Indonesia

Fakhriati Fakhriati (Badan Riset dan Inovasi Nasional Republik Indonesia, Central Jakarta, Indonesia)
Nyimas Umi Kalsum (Universitas Islam Negeri Raden Fatah Palembang, Palembang, Indonesia)
Sugiarti Sugiarti (Padjadjaran University, Bandung, Indonesia)
Husnul Fahimah Ilyas (Badan Riset dan Inovasi Nasional Republik Indonesia, Central Jakarta, Indonesia)

Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2044-1266

Article publication date: 22 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims at examining the current condition of ancient manuscripts owned by locals in remote areas of Indonesia, which are mostly in poor condition. It is to describe the factors of these manuscript damages and the implications of the damage.

Design/methodology/approach

The study employed qualitative design with philological, codicological and anthropological approaches. The participants are manuscript owners and keepers in Western, Central and Eastern parts of Indonesia. Data were collected by direct observations and interviews with the participants.

Findings

This paper provides empirical insights on how manuscripts were damaged due to human and environmental factors. These factors have caused the loss of part or whole information in the manuscripts, hence causing disconnected knowledge linkage from past to present.

Research limitations/implications

Due to the selected scope and area of study, this study may lack generalizability. Further studies can be conducted to examine the physical aspect and the content of the manuscripts.

Practical implications

This study suggests the urgency for stakeholders and local governments to preserve the manuscripts by taking specific measures that include preservation training to the locals and conducting a program for digitizing these manuscripts.

Originality/value

This paper fulfils an identified need to study how the damages suffered by the local manuscripts.

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Citation

Fakhriati, F., Kalsum, N.U., Sugiarti, S. and Ilyas, H.F. (2022), "Carelessness in preserving manuscripts as a heritage: cases of local treatment in Indonesia", Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCHMSD-01-2022-0008

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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