The Newsletter 67 Spring 2014

Making 'new' Muslim places in urban Malaysia and Indonesia

Hew Wai Weng

My research in 2013 brought me to various cities in Malaysia and Indonesia. It gave me the opportunity to visit a multitude of interesting venues, ranging from sacred places (Chinese-style mosques), to eating places (Chinese halal restaurants), retail places (shopping malls and Islamic boutiques) and living places (Muslim gated communities), and led me to develop a new research project in which I will study Muslim identities and aspirations in contemporary societies, by examining the constructions of place, claims on space and the architecture of built forms.