Event: Changing Worlds #25

Function 8 is pleased to invite you to the 25th edition of our talks and discussions on


The Singapura from the Malay Annals — Historical Memories in Challenge

by Dr Azhar Ibrahim

Date : 8 – 10 pm, Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Venue : 28 Sin Ming Lane #03-142 Midview City

The Agora, Singapore 573972

Please RSVP at Hello@function8.org by 18 August.

This talk aims to highlight and discuss the Singapura episodes in Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annal ), deemed one of the finest Malay literary‐historical texts on record. It has been one of the contested sites where historical assertions and claims have been made amongst the Malay literati, which associated Singapura’s past with Malay indigeneity and position. This is especially significant as the contemporary dominant narratives of Singapore’s history put hardly any premium or recognition to the Sejarah Melayu’s version of historical past or memories. Today, with the increasing emphasis of Singapore’s history on one that predates the 1819 establishment, Sejarah Melayu is a significant source, albeit one of many, which will help historians review and construct a more accurate past. How and to what extent this could be accomplished will be an interesting subject for discussion and evaluation in reassessing Singapore’s pre‐colonial history.

Our speaker: Dr Azhar Ibrahim, PhD is a lecturer at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS). He teaches Malay‐Indonesian literature and ideologies of development at the Department. His research interest includes sociology of religion, sociology of literature and critical literacy, and the MalayIndonesian intellectual development. Amongst his published books are: Emancipated Education (2019), Historical Imagination and Cultural Responses to Colonialism and Nationalism: A Critical Malay(sian) Perspective (2017), Menyanggah Belenggu Kerancuan Fikiran Masakini (2016), Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay‐Indonesia World: Critical Perspectives (2014), and Narrating Presence: Awakening from Cultural Amnesia (2014).

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