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Title: 
Writing home: Alfian Sa’at and the politics of Malay Muslim belonging in global multiracial Singapore
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Issue Date: 
2016
Citation: 
Poon, A. (2016). Writing home: Alfian Sa’at and the politics of Malay Muslim belonging in global multiracial Singapore. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 18(4), 498-511. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369801X.2015.1126191
Abstract: 
This essay focuses on Malay Sketches, a collection of flash fiction written by Alfian Sa’at, the only
Malay writer in Singapore who has produced a substantial body of work in English. Alfian
represents the specific dynamics of Malay identity and inter-race r elations i n S ingapore,
where contemporary pressures of globality complicate the colonial legacies entrenched in
everyday cross-cultural interactions. In his writing he attempts to prise a gap in the seal
between race, religion and language that the state’s multiracial orthodoxy insists on enforcing,
and to offer instead other permutations. By choosing deliberately to historicize structures of
affect and sentiment, Alfian shows how the Singaporean state’s official ideology and wideranging
policies have played a significant role in constructing Malay subjectivities and
informing their sense of being at home in Singapore.
Description: 
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. The published version is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1369801X.2015.1126191
URI: 
ISSN: 
1369-801X (print)
1469-929X (online)
Other Identifiers: 
10.1080/1369801X.2015.1126191
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