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Title: The Arabisation of Islam the observation of Arab culture as authoritative Islamic norms amongst Muslims in Singapore & its implications.
Authors: Muhammad Ridzwan Bin Rahmat
Keywords: DRNTU::Humanities::Religions::Islam
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Since the religion of Islam arrived in this region several hundred years ago, there never seemed to have been a point of time in history where the Malay and Arab culture seems so fused together in a concoction in identity. Ethnic Malay names common in the past have progressively given way to Arabic ones today. Modest traditional Malay dresses that commonly dot the Singapore landscape in the yesteryears are slowly yielding their positions today to distinctly Arab garbs, head covers and veils. The Arabic language is increasingly finding immense currency amongst the local Muslim population who has adopted a large part of its vocabulary to replace existing Malay terms. But beyond the peripheries of fashion and language, Arab culture could have embedded itself as authoritative elements of Islam. Have Malays been unknowingly been observing Arab culture and experiencing them as manifestations of religiosity? What are the traditions that we have taken for granted to be Islamic are actually Arabic? What are the forces at work that has fused Islamic tradition and Arab cultures together and what are its implications on the community in the context of a resurgent Islam? These are the themes that will be explored in the following dissertation.
Description: 40 p.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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