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Arab Hadhramis In Malaysia:Their Origins And Assimilation In Malay Society

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This chapter uses the term 'assimilation' to describe the process of the integration or indigenisation of the Hadhramis into Malay society in Malaysia from the time of their advent into the region up to present day. It shows that this process of assimilation has a historical, social and political significance due to the fact that it gave the Hadhrami migrants special respect in indigenous society, where they dominated the political discourse and held a variety of key posts ranging from chiefs of villages to paramount rulers at the apex of the Malay political structure. It examines the significance of their ideology of descent, and explores process of their adaptation and assimilation in the Malay environment. Special attention also be paid to their role in Malay society with a particular emphasis on those who trace their origins to al-Ḥusayn ibn ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib and are given the title of sayyid.

Keywords: al-Ḥusayn ibn ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib; Arab Hadhramis; assimilation; Malay society; Malaysia



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