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The administration of Muslim affairs in the Straits Settlements during the 19th century

Mansor Majdin, Mohamad Firdaus (2018) The administration of Muslim affairs in the Straits Settlements during the 19th century. IIUM Journal of Religion and Civilisational Studies (IJECS), 1 (1). pp. 101-109. E-ISSN 2637-112X

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Abstract

The year 1786 marked the beginning of the British official administration in Malaya through the effective manoeuvre of the East India Company (E.I.C.), particularly in Francis Light’s view of the island’s geographically and economically strategic positions to the British Empire. As the British started to step into the island, they brought in various aspects of British customs and cultures which manifested in the areas of administration or governance (formation of the Straits Settlements included Singapore and Malacca in 1826), education, social order, justice, et cetera. The British had, specifically, introduced English Law in the island as the sole-governing law which regulated the inhabitants’ lives. In this regard, demographically speaking, the Muslim community formed a substantial number of the population in the colony. Thus, as far as Islam is concerned, the Muslim community is governed by Islamic Law (Shari’ah) and the customary laws (adat) in their daily lives. The Islamic Law is synonymous with the Mohammedan Law which was introduced in the colony in 1888 by the British colonial government.

Item Type: Article (other)
Additional Information: 9302/74854
Uncontrolled Keywords: administration, Muslim affairs,Straits settlements, 19th century
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H51 History
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of History & Civilization
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Mohamad Firdaus Mansor Majdin
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2019 10:02
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2019 10:02
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/74854

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