Against the Grain: Arabisation and the Malay identity

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Edge

This was an article contribution by Associate Professor Syed Farid Alatas from the Department of Sociology at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in which he discussed the trend of the Arabisation of the Malay identity and culture. He opined that if Arabisation is founded on the idea of the greater Islamic authenticity of Arab culture, it would result in the erosion and marginalisation of Malay culture and the adoption of inappropriate practices. Assoc Prof Alatas noted that it is this sense of Arabisation that has come under attack in Malaysia recently and added that the same can be said of the influence of any other culture such as Westernisation.

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