Among the subjects described in the misa are:
1. How the Perak Sultanate are the descendants of Iskandar Zulkarnain (Alexander The Great of Macedonia)
2. How the Dutch commenced trade in tin at Pengkalan Halban in Perak during the reign of Sultan Muzaffar Shah II
3. The involvement of Raja Chulan with the wedding of Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain and Raja Budak Rasul
4. The conflict between Sultan Muhammad Shah and his elder brother, Sultan Muzaffar Shah III
Misa Melayu had been studied extensively by W.E. Maxwell in 1882. R.O. Winstedt then translated it to English in 1919. A few other versions of the Misa Melayu manuscript are known to be kept at Leiden University in The Netherlands, with title Hikayat Salasilah Perak and Ikatan Raja Ke Laut.
About Raja Chulan Raja Abdul Hamid: Raja Chulan’s great-grandfather was Sultan Muzaffar Shah II (1636-1653). Also, Raja Chulan’s grandfather, Yang DiPertuan Muda Raja Mansur, had three sons who became the Sultan of Perak:
1. Sultan Alaudin Mughayat Shah (1720-1728)
2. Sultan Muzaffar Shah III (1728-1754)
3. Sultan Muhammad Shah (1744-1750)
All the three Sultans were Raja Chulan’s uncle. During the reign of Sultan Muhammad Shah, Raja Chulan was granted the title Raja Kecil Besar and was then Raja Muda in 1773. He died on 10 February 1787.
Footnote: The Raja Chulan above is not to be mistaken with Raja Sir Chulan ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdullah Muhammad Shah Habibullah. The Misa Melayu manuscript is available at My Manuskrip – Digital Library of Malay Manuscripts.