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Hadhramis Within Malay Activism: The Role Of Al-Saqqāf(S) In Post-War Singapore (1945–1965)

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This chapter examines the role of some prominent Saqqāfs in post-war Singapore and shows how instrumental they were in shaping the course of Malay activism at that moment in history. It first provides an outline of the texture of Malay activism from 19451965, with the intent of detailing various contexts in which several Saqqāf(s) operated. The chapter discusses three main contributions of al-Saqqāf(s): the reassertion of Islam, Malay politics and Malay literary culture. This short exposition attempts to provide an impetus into a serious study of Arab-Malay relations in Singapore. The chapter explores that a cursory narration of al-Saqqāf(s) agency within Malay society in post-war Singapore can address, albeit in limited form, the wider issue of ethnic-boundary maintenance and assimilation amongst Hadhramis and Malays in Singapore.

Keywords: al-Saqqāfs; assimilation; Hadhramis; identity maintenance; Malay activism; post-war Singapore

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