THE SEREMBAN AL-SAADAH MOSQUE COMPLEX. PHOTO: HEW WAI-WENG – TAASA Review September 2013
non-Chinese, Muslims and non-Muslims intermingle, where both religious and social activities concur.
Whilst it is important to note that such cosmopolitan practices are not new, and can be traced back to the interactions between Islam, Chinese traditions and local cultures in Southeast Asia centuries ago, the construction of these Chinese-style mosques marks a new development in the articulation of Chinese identity within transnational and inter-ethnic Muslim communities. Hew Wai-Weng is research fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin.
He is currently working on a research project, `Sites of Inclusion/Exclusion: New Muslim Spaces in Malaysia and Indonesia’. extent, shows that many Malay Muslims are beginning to accept that being a Muslim is not exclusive to being Malay in Malaysia. Operated since 2011, the Seremban AlSaadah Complex is another newly-completed Chinese-style mosque in Malaysia...