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“Why Aren’T You A Muslim?” Pride And Prejudice Through Gunawan Mahmood’s Teen Fiction

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This chapter examines the role of the dominant Malay intelligentsia in imagining Malaysia, using as platform for discussion two contemporary teen novels by Gunawan Mahmood: This Land and Namaku Ayoko. The chosen author and texts are little known outside of the Malay literary world, which alters not the fact that Gunawan is a multiple award-winning, state-affiliated writer who, like many of his Malay-Muslim contemporaries and predecessors, believes that ?those with knowledge ought to write? and ?literature should educate, awaken and inspire society?. This Land and Namaku Ayoko are earnest attempts to present in an intellectual way the realities of race and religion to their implied core readership of young Malay-Muslim.

Keywords: Gunawan Mahmood; Malaysia; Muslim; Namaku Ayoko; teen fiction; This Land



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