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The Ins And Outs Of Hadhrami Journalism In Malaya, 1900–1941: Assimilation Or Identity Maintenance?

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Between the last decade of the nineteenth century and the outbreak of World War II, persons identifiable onomasticallyby means of their namesas Hadhrami Arabs enjoyed a major presence in the production of periodical journalism in Malaya. The subject addressed in this book invites to considers, for Hadhramis in Southeast Asia, questions of identity maintenance or assimilation. This chapter looks briefly at the careers of two of the leading Hadhrami journalists to whom author have been referring al-Hādī and Ibn ‘Aqīlto illustrate the variant courses open to Hadhrami intellectuals in the early twentieth century. In considering, therefore, the Hadhramis involved so variously in the production of Malay and Arabic language journalism in Malaya during the first four decades of the twentieth century, and in seeking to determine whether they were thereby assimilating or engaged in identity maintenancewere, in short, Ins or Outsone need to bear this in mind.

Keywords: assimilation; Hadhrami journalism; identity maintenance; Malaya



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