From April to October 2010, at the Exhibition Area, Level 10, National Library Building (100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064), National Library Board is hosting an exhibition on discovering the homeland and culture of the Arabs in Southeast Asia
The Arabs have came more than six thousand kilometres away from Singapore, across the Indian Ocean, in a region in Yemen known as Hadhramaut to explore and trade in the east of the world.
In Singapore, the common names like Aljunied, Alkaff, and Alsagoff are part of our landscape in building and street names. These names, and many others, belong to Arab migrants from the Hadhramaut who came to Singapore from the nineteenth century onwards. Some came directly from Hadhramaut; some came from other places such as Indonesia and Malaysia. This migration of people and cultural adaptations are parts of the story of the Arabs in Southeast Asia. Most of the Arabs who settled in Southeast Asia were from Hadhramaut, and are known as Hadhramis.
On the website (http://rihlah.nl.sg/) and also in the exhibition hall , the NLB librarians has presented photographs and artefacts ranging from personal documents to musical instruments and items on public display for the first time, this exhibition will introduce visitors to the Hadhramaut, and the history and culture of the Arabs in Southeast Asia.
Click here (PDF, 2249kb) for more information on the project.
Events Organiser: National Library Board
Name of event: Rihlah : Arabs in Southeast Asia
Dates of events: April to October 2010
Site URL: http://rihlah.nl.sg/