Malaysia Before Malaysia Lecture #4:Muslim Shrines of the Malay World as Sites of Asian Interaction

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Malaysia Before Malaysia Lecture #4:Muslim Shrines of the Malay World as Sites of Asian Interaction will be organized at MCCHR Pusat Rakyat LB on 1st October 2016 (Saturday).

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Muslim shrines, or known as keramat in Malay - are the graves of figures who came to be venerated because of their notable piety, knowledge, or acts. 

They are popular sites of prayer and dot the social and physical landscapes of much of Muslim Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean region as a whole. The term refers to both people as well as their burial sites. 

Historically, keramat drew people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds. While the venerated dead also came from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, histories, and faiths, they were usually Muslim and frequently Hadrami (from the Hadramaut region in Yemen). 

In this lecture, Sumit Mandal will illustrate the background of his study, "Popular Sites of Prayer, Transoceanic Migration, and Cultural Diversity: Exploring the significance of keramat in Southeast Asia" to give us a bigger picture of the significant diversity and other contemplations posed by keramat. You can download his paper here:

Sumit Mandal is a historian at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. He works on transnational histories and has an interest in cultural geographies of the Malay world — especially its connectedness to the Indian Ocean. He is concerned with the ways in which cultural diversity and notions of insider/outsider are constituted. He has published recently in the following journals: Philological Encounters (2016) and Citizenship Studies (2014).

Details of event are as follow:
Date: Saturday, 1st October 2016
Time: 10.45am - 1.00pm
Venue: MCCHR Pusat Rakyat LB, Jalan Pantai Baharu (A-3-8 Pantai Business Park), 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Admission is free and open to all. Donations are encouraged. Directions to the venue are available at

This lecture is part of the Malaysia Before Malaysia series, brought to you by Imagined Malaysia and MCCHR.

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