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Muslim Women in Civil Strife and Protest Movements: Southeast Asia
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Malaysia

Malay women in Malaya, trained by the Malay regiment, took up arms as home guards during the Emergency in 1954 at the height of the communist insurgency from 1948 to 1963. Working with the British and against the communists, they opposed a minority of Muslim women of Sumatran origin, the most infamous being Shamsiah Fakeh, who joined forces with the communists to fight the British (Karim 1992). In mu…

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Wazir Jahan Karim, “Muslim Women in Civil Strife and Protest Movements: Southeast Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002004>
First published online: 2014



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