Vol. 6, No. 3, LIN Hongxuan

Contents>> Vol. 6, No. 3 English as an Islamic Cosmopolitan Vernacular: English-Language Sufi Devotional Literature in Singapore Lin Hongxuan* *林宏轩, Department of History, University of Washington, 318 Smith Box 353560, Seattle, WA 98195-3560, USA e-mail: linhx[at]uw.edu DOI: 10.20495/seas.6.3_447 The key question this paper addresses is why Sufi devotional literature has been published and consumed in English, and the implications of this phenomenon. The material examined here focuses on literature that is consumed in Singapore: available in bookstores, in institutional archives, online, distributed at Sufi events, and in the private possession of practicing Sufis. I argue that English is used as both a Singaporean vernacular and a cosmopolitan lingua franca, allowing […]

Vol. 5, No. 2, Ying-kit Chan

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 2  No Room to Swing a Cat? Animal Treatment and Urban Space in Singapore Ying-kit Chan* * Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, 211 Jones Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA e-mail: ykchan[at]princeton.edu DOI: 10.20495/seas.5.2_305 Since Singapore’s independence in 1965, the People’s Action Party government has launched an extensive urban planning program to transform the island into a modern metropolis. This paper discusses human-animal relations and the management of stray cats in postcolonial Singapore. In exploring the perceptions and handling of stray cats in Singapore, I argue that stray cats became an urban “problem” as a result of the government’s public-health regime, urban renewal projects, and […]

Vol.4, No.2 Blackburn, Tan

Contents>> Vol. 4, No. 2 The Emergence of Heritage Conservation in Singapore and the Preservation of Monuments Board (1958–76) Kevin Blackburn* and Tan Peng Hong Alvin** * Department of Humanities and Social Studies Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616 Corresponding author’s e-mail: kevin.blackburn[at]nie.edu.sg ** Raffles Girls’ School, 20 Anderson Road, Singapore 259978 This article demonstrates that the beginnings of the heritage conservation debate in Singapore extend back to the colonial period. It argues that the early colonial and postcolonial debates on heritage conservation in Singapore were influenced by a Western hegemony over what constituted heritage and how it could be conserved. A non-governmental […]

Vol. 2, No. 3, Atsushi Kobayashi

Contents>> Vol. 2, No. 3 The Role of Singapore in the Growth of Intra-Southeast Asian Trade, c.1820s–1852 Atsushi Kobayashi* *小林篤史, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, 46 ­Shimoadchi-cho, Yoshida Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan e-mail: greysh-black.zg14[at]hotmail.co.jp This paper argues that the expansion of Southeast Asian trade in the first half of the nineteenth century was based partly on the growth of intra-regional trade. Singapore played a significant role as a British free port in the connection between Western long-distance trade and intra-regional trade. According to my estimates, intra-regional trade centered on the British and Dutch colonies grew from the 1820s to 1852, with the focus shifting from […]


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