Indian Muslims in Singapore: History, Heritage and Contributions


Author: Ab Razak Chanbasha

Publisher: Centre for Research on Islamic and Malays Affairs (RIMA), 2021

ISBN: 978-981-14-9033-0

Hardback, 481 pages


The Indian Muslim community in Singapore evolved from sojourners to settlers, from a transient community who came seeking sustenance to one that became rooted in this land and has developed its identity within the social milieu of the Indian community, the wider Muslim society and the larger population.

This book documents the history, heritage and contributions of the Indian Muslims in Singapore. It provides an overview of their migration history to Singapore from the arrival of the British in Singapore in 1819, the growth of the community, the diversity in language and culture, and their legacy.

The book begins with defining Indian Muslims in the Singapore context and traces the population trends from the colonial era to the present. The heterogeneous composition of Indian Muslims is also examined from the perspective of ethnic groups, languages and, also, religious sects.

The book is written in a non-academic style, intended for the general reader interested in the Indian Muslim community in Singapore.


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