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Singapore Chronicles: MALAYS

Singapore Chronicles: MALAYS

Singapore Chronicles: MALAYS
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s Independence, the Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press are jointly launching the Singapore Chronicles series in 2015. This 50-volume series seeks to record, explain and offer insights into what makes Singapore, Singapore. Covering a wide range of subjects, from the philosophical to the mundane, the fundamental to the practical, these Singapore Chronicles titles include Constitution, Presidency, Housing, Transport, Demography, CPF, Sports and Food. Each volume in this series will serve as a primer on the subject. Written by leading experts, they will focus on key aspects of the subject, providing analysis as well as an historical account. Readers will gain an insight into what makes Singapore tick and also why it has chosen certain “paths un-trodden”.

The vicissitudes of history, from Raffles’ purchase of the Singapore island from a Malay sultan to the short-lived merger with Malaya, have left a lasting mark on the Malays of Singapore. This book offers a glimpse of the community as it adapted to its minority status and responded to the myriad challenges of historical, social and political changes. Unlike among the Chinese and the Indians, there is remarkable cohesiveness within the community as most speak Malay and practise Islam. Yet, like the other communities, it struggles to retain its culture, tradition and values against the onslaught of urbanisation and Westernisation. With a focus on Malay leadership, education, religion, Syariah laws, language and literary tradition, this book evaluates how these aspects
have evolved over the decades. Problems pertaining to the community’s socio-economic progress and future challenges are also discussed. This primer is an introduction to one of Singapore’s small yet resilient and remarkable communities.



1. Leadership: Pragmatic and Politically Integrated
2. Socio-economic Progress: Decades of Challenges
3. Education: Pathways to Socio-economic Mobility
4. Law and Legal Institutions
5. Religious Life and Tradition
6. Cultural, Literary and Language Sensibilities
7. Conclusion: Resilience in Facing Challenges Ahead

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The Authors
Dr Noor Aisha Abdul Rahman is currently Head of the Department of Malay Studies, the National University of Singapore. Her research and teaching areas include Malay legal history and institutions, Muslim law and its administration in Southeast Asia, sociology of religion (Islam and Malay religious orientations)
and elites and development in Malay society. Her publications include Colonial Image of Malay Adat Laws (2005), Secularism and Spirituality: Seeking Integrated Knowledge and Success in Madrasah Education in Singapore (2006) and Religious Activism and Women’s Development (2013). Dr Azhar Ibrahim is a Lecturer at the Department of Malay Studies, the National University of Singapore. He teaches Malay-Indonesian literature and ideologies of development at the Department. His research interests include the sociology of religion, the sociology of literature and critical literacy, and Malay-Indonesian intellectual development. Among his publications are Menyanggah Belenggu Kerancuan Fikiran Masakini (2016), Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesian World: Critical Perspectives (2014), and Narrating Presence: Awakening from Cultural Amnesia (2014).
Author Dr Noor Aisha Abdul Rahman and Dr Azhar Ibrahim
ISBN 978-981-4747-46-2
Size 129mm x 196mm
Extent 116pp
Hardcover / Softcover Softcover
Illustrated or Black & White Black and White
Language English
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