Thursday, 28 January 2016

PHT Exhibition & Talk: The Chulia Diaspora, Mosque and Endowments

I have covered a little bit about the founding of Masjid Kapitan Keling in Penang by Cauder Merican. His descendants carry the Merican clan name. Examples of early doctors from this clan are Penang's first doctor, Dr A. O. Merican, and his sons, Dr Carleel Merican and Dr Ezanee Merican. Their biographies are in my book. Cauder Merican's Will is also mentioned in my book.

Khoo Salma Nasution heads the Penang Heritage Trust (PHT). Salma's book is The Chulia in Penang. This book has won her the Australian ICAS book award. I hope you can attend Salma's talk and exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.


PHT Exhibition and talk: The Chulia Diaspora, Mosque and Endowments
Date: Saturday, 30 January 2016
Speakers: Khoo Salma Nasution (book author) and Jasmin Wahab (film producer)
Time: 10:00 am - Book signing ceremony
           10:30 am - 1:00 pm - Talks
           Tour of exhibition (after talks)
Venue: Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
             (near Masjid Negara in Kuala Lumpur)


I'm re-posting an email from Khoo Salma:

from:      Khoo Salma <>
to:      Faridah Abdul Rashid <>
date:      23 January 2016 at 11:44
subject: Fwd: The Chulia Diaspora, exhibition and talk, Islamic Arts Museum KL, Sat 30 Jan 2016

Dear Faridah,

I am pleased to invite you to my talk at the Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur at 10am Sat 30 Jan 2016.

It is based on my book The Chulia in Penang: Patronage and Place-Making around the Kapitan Kling Mosque" which explores the history of Penang's links with the Indian Ocean and in particular of the South Indian Muslims who came in large numbers during the East India Company period, contributing to Malaysia's culturally diverse heritage.

I have presented this powerpoint (always a bit differently) at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London, at the ICAS conference in Adelaide, at a talk organised by the Indian Heritage Centre and URA in Singapore, also at a conference in Kanyakumari, India, apart from several talks in Malaysia.

But for my KL friends I will throw in the story of how Sheikh Tahir Jalaluddin resolved the Mihrab / Qibla controversy at the Kapitan Kling Mosque (with comments by S.M. Zainul Abidin).

The film-maker Jasmin Wahab will be my co-speaker. Please arrive at 10am as you will need to look for the auditorium, the event actually starts at 10.30am, ending at 1.00pm with a tour of the exhibition. My books will be available for sale.

Please think of your friends who might be interested to attend and help me forward to them!


Khoo Salma's The Chulia in Penang wins ICAS Book Award


This is IAMM's circular which I received with Salma's email.

IAMM circular:

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) invites you to "The Chulia Diaspora, Mosque and Endowments", a lecture by Khoo Salma Nasution and Jasmin Wahab. The lecture is organised in conjunction with IAMM's latest exhibition entitled "The Chulia in Penang".

“During the era of the British East India Company, the South Indians appeared in British records as “Chulia”. The Chulias who came to the Straits of Malacca consisted mainly, but not exclusively, of Muslims. The Chulias lived and worked in the port area, and around the Kapitan Kling Mosque in George Town, Penang. This community played a key entrepreneurial role in the development of the Penang port and its region. The local born Indian Muslims, known as “Jawi Pekan” or “Jawi Peranakan”, gradually assimilated with the Malay community.”

The lecture will be held on 30th January 2016 (Saturday) at 10 am at IAMM, followed by a book-signing session and lecturing tour of the exhibition at the Open Space Gallery. For further enquiries or to reserve your seats, kindly contact the Education Department at:

Tel : 03-2270 5136 / 5111 / 5101 / 5103

Speakers & Film Producer