Descending into foreignness: Datuk Fatimah and the home of the pendatang

  title={Descending into foreignness: Datuk Fatimah and the home of the pendatang},
  author={Simon Soon},
  journal={South East Asia Research},
  pages={140 - 163}
  • Simon Soon
  • Published 2020
  • Political Science
  • South East Asia Research
ABSTRACT In the worship of keramats amongst the Chinese community of Malaysia, Datuk Fatimah bears some unique characteristics: she is identifiable as a female figure who wears the hijab and conforms to the ideals of a pious Muslim woman, even as she is invested with a crown that signifies her temporal sovereignty. This essay frames the history of the architecture of the temple devoted to her and the surrounding village in relation to a 1958 essay on ‘Odd Houses’ by German architecture… Expand


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