Esplanade Presents | Pesta Raya – Malay Festival of Arts

Talk

Cultural Icons in Malay Society: The Effects of Words

22 Jul 2017Sat
2pm
1hr
library@esplanade

Learn about Malay literary icons and their place in the evolving Malay society, both in popular culture and academics. Delve into their histories and struggles, and make sense of their cultural significance. Some of the names discussed in this talk include:

The mystic Hamzah Fansuri
The last pujangga Raja Ali Haji
The pioneering Munshi Abdullah
The Scholarly Pendeta Za’ba
The Poetic Usman Awang

Profile of Speaker:
Dr Azhar Ibrahim 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 interests include the sociology of religion and literature, critical literacy, and the Malay-Indonesian intellectual development. He has published several books, including Menyanggah Belenggu Kerancuan Fikiran Masakini (2016), Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesia World: Critical Perspectives. (2014), Narrating Presence: Awakening from Cultural Amnesia. (2014).

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