Category Archives: History

Islam and Muslims in China

As our Chinese neighbours and friends in Singapore and around the world celebrate the dawn of a new lunar year, we at take this opportunity to reflect on Islam in the world’s most populous country, People’s Republic of China, which is home to between 25 million (official) and 200 million (unofficial) Muslims. Our beloved Shaikhuna, […]

Arwi – The Tamil-Muslim Vernacular

Arwi or Arabic-Tamil (لسان الأروي lisān-ul-arwī; அரபு-தமிழ் arabu-tamil) is one of the forgotten legacies of the Tamil-Muslims. Our Shaikhuna describes the Arwi language in the following emphatic words: … an everlasting monument to the cultural synthesis between the Arabs on the one hand and the Tamil speaking Muslims of Sarandib (modern day Sri Lanka) and […]