Friday, 12 April 2013

Penang and the Hajj

This is a bit about an upcoming lecture and workshop. Details will be announced later. I will update if I get more information.

1. Email

Dr Lubis and wife Salma Khoo Nasution (of Areca Books, Penang) are organising a workshop on the Hajj in Penang this August 2013. The date will be determined.

2. Announcement

Penang Story Lecture and Workshop: ‘Penang and the Hajj’

From as early as the 18th century, Penang was the departure point for aspiring pilgrims to the ‘holy lands’. The activity was centered at the port, Acheen Street and adjoining areas, which only ended in the 1970s. Thousands of pilgrims from Sumatra, northern Malaysia and southern Thailand went through Penang to fulfil the fifth pillar of Islam. Their reminiscence and collective memories deserve to be celebrated, consolidated and documented for posterity.

3. Both talk and workshop are by invitation to the academe and the public interested in the subject.

4. Keynote:  

Eric Tagliacozzo from Cornell is giving the keynote address. 

5. Speakers: TBA

6. Organisers:

The event is being organised jointly by Penang Heritage Trust (PHT) and Think City

7. Contact for further details:

Dr Abdur-Razzaq Lubis
Email: namorasende [at]
Areca Books
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