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01 Aug 2015: Masjid—Selected Mosques from the Islamic World August 17, 2015 – Posted in: Newsletters

This pictorial book features a selection of the various mosque styles and designs that have been built throughout the past 1435 years. The field of mosque architecture has progressed immensely, featuring various influences and cultures. A prerequisite for mosque design is that the style of architecture should reflect its purpose, and incorporate both the tangible and intangible features. The former includes the main prayer hall, the mihrab (a semicircular niche), minbar (pulpit), dikka (muezzin’s platform),…

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27 July 2015: Malaysian architectural talks (Aug 2015) – Posted in: Newsletters

Please join us for two talks on Malaysian architecture on 1st & 2nd August 2015, Penang Town Hall: 5 Architects, 5 Houses Townhouse, Shophouse, Melaka-Penang World Heritage Site 5 Architects, 5 Houses Date: Saturday, August 1, 2015 Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM Venue: Penang Town Hall Speaker: Dr. Jon Lim Registration fee RM30 per person The Penang house is noted for its world-renowned architectural flair, inventiveness and stylistic diversity. The five European architects who designed…

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17 Jul 2015: July 2015 Updates from Areca Books – Posted in: Newsletters

Book on Tamil Muslim community wins prestigious international award Areca Books is delighted to announce that The Chulia in Penang: Patronage and Place-Making around the Kapitan Kling Mosque 1786–1957 by Khoo Salma Nasuton has won the ICAS Book Prize, the Colleagues’ Choice Award. The Chulia in Penang was also one of six books which made it to the ICAS Best Study in the Humanities 2015 shortlist. Out of a total of 175 books submitted by…

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27 June 2015: Tanjong Life August 3, 2015 – Posted in: Newsletters

Tanjong Life features the cheeky adventures of Joe G as he explores Penang’s nooks and crannies; sampling the best food, visiting secret scenic spots, and experiencing all the fun that the island has to offer. Fans of homegrown-flavoured cartoons may remember Sun Tan, probably the first English-language comic strip featuring a motley crew of South Asian characters doing, in sometimes stereotypical fashion, ‘what comes naturally’ to South Asians. It has since gone on to inspire…

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20 June 2015: Personal & Profane–50 Years of Verse – Posted in: Newsletters

Cecil’s poems are like the multiverse wonders of music and paintings, songs and parts of great speeches. They often provide deep insights, inspiration and even ignite people’s conscience into action. – Anwar Fazal, Director, Right Livelihood College” Cecil Rajendra’s free verse compositions have been likened to music, songs and ballads. This is not surprising – as the energy of poetry – often combined with music has, for the longest time, been widely harnessed as a popular tool for social…

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30 May 2015: Mission Pioneers of Malaya June 8, 2015 – Posted in: Newsletters

This book pays special tribute to the incomparable legacy of the La Salle and Infant Jesus Institutes in Malaysia and Singapore. With the other Missions, they gave to our cities places of honour. — Keith Tan  The birth of the Mission Schools are an encapsulation of the very beginnings of formal education itself in the country’s history, including establishing the word which would come to represent schooling in Malaysia – escola. As Tan puts it, the…

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15 May 2015: Just for the Love of it — Popular Music in Penang, 1930s-1960s – Posted in: Newsletters

Hello reader, Just for the Love of it: Popular Music in Penang, 1930s-1960s is a fascinating and absorbing story of the evolution of the musical scene in Penang. This easy-to-read but very comprehensive book covers musical evolutions; musical communities; personalities and bands (featuring over 50 personalities including 14 legends and one-hit wonders); brief histories of traditional art forms like boria, bangsawan andronggeng; the birth of the Penang Wireless Society and the introduction of radio and television…

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30 April 2015: Redoubtable Reformer May 18, 2015 – Posted in: Newsletters

The life of Cheah Cheang Lim as a spokesman for change is an inseparable part of Anglo-Chinese Malayan history. In Francis Cooray’s story and Khoo Salma Nasution’s account of socioeconomic transitions in Perak and Penang, we are reminded of some of the transnational factors that laid the foundations of modern Malaysia. Both the outline of one man’s life and the well-researched study of what made him a tireless reformer deserve to be read by all…

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9 April 2015: Gayatri Rajapatni – The Woman Behind the Glory of Majapahit April 30, 2015 – Posted in: Newsletters

This book brings to life some of the most colourful women in history. The author depicts the court which ruled the largest empire ever to appear in Southeast Asia in a believable and accurate way. I hope that this novel will attract more people to learn about the fascinating history of this region. –  Dr John N. Miksic (Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore) The kingdom of Majapahit, once centred in present-day…

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28 March 2015: The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang – Posted in: Newsletters

The Hokkien Kongsi, Penang has never stopped leveraging the association’s resources…in promoting Chinese culture and heritage as well as being involved in economic and social matters. – Tan Lye Hock, The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang History’s role, it is said, is to separate myth from memory, and replace it with carefully researched arguments for the benefit of present and future generations. Applying this maxim, the Penang Hokkien Kongsi has put together a book – The…

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