The original version of this post was submitted in congruence to Beyond The Hijab‘s blog series on the theme of: marriage. As a Malay Muslim woman, I acknowledge that although my freedom to marry a person of any ethnicity does not come with discrimination, our community has not however been able to accept the idea of an inter-religious marriage. We cannot seem to envision a home filled with love, care and mutual respect in an inter-religious/intra-faith household. So I wrote an essay about this, tapping on my own personal experience(s).
Sadly, the catalyst for me to write this essay was based on my experience on the opposite side of the coin. Where I was coerced and manipulated to performing rituals in order to maintain and save my relationship with my previous partner. As the relationship drew to a close, it made me reflect on my time as the bully.
Continue reading “When religion becomes a dealbreaker”
This was originally published in AMP’s bi-annual publication Karyawan. I was lucky to have been asked to collaborate with my sister on writing this article, which is a topic that I hold closely to my heart. As we reflected on the massive changes and freedoms that we both enjoy now, versus our foremothers, we realized that there were still some stark similarities that are too … Continue reading How the role of Malay women has – or hasn’t – evolved
Ratu Safiatuddin Tajul Alam, Ratu Nurul Alam Naqiatuddin Syah, Ratu Inayat Zaqiatuddin Syah, Ratu Kamalat Syah.
These were the names of the Aceh’s four queens who ruled for almost 60 years.
Continue reading “Review: Sovereign Women in a Muslim Kingdom”
This was originally posted on the blog Beyond the Hijab. To my surprise, it garnered quite a bit of attention and went viral. Just goes to show, that I am not alone in my struggles in combatting microaggressions. When I was in university discussing available scholarships for graduate school with a friend, I suggested that she look within her community for available scholarships, since that … Continue reading “You’re not like other Malays”
When language meets politics, we call that language policies. Continue reading “Linguistics meet Politics”
In 1947, the Jawi script was very much alive and thriving in the Malay community Continue reading “Jawi in Braille”