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Writing About Faith: A View From Across The Causeway


Sat Jun 21 2014, 6:30pm–8:00pm

Where: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, City Hall, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Listed by: janice_zhang

Presented by The Arts House

In his review of Dina Zaman’s I Am Muslim, political historian and TV host Dr Farish A. Noor says “Dina’s articles about being a Muslim in Malaysia today capture the multifaceted aspects of difference and alterity in normative religious life better than many academic studies on the subject.”

The book, of which its title is taken from Dina’s column of the same name in online newspaper, has garnered much controversy and praise since its publication in 2007.
Join Dina as she discusses about the impact of her book and the minefield of writing about faith.

About Dina Zaman
Dina Zaman is an award-winning writer of non-fiction, fiction and poetry. On top of her international media presence as a columnist and commentator of current affairs, Dina has appeared on the BBC and been interviewed on Everywoman, a women’s programme on Al-Jazeera. Her columns include: Off Our Backs (The Sun, Malaysia in 1995), Dina’s Dalca (New Straits Times, 1996 to 1998) and I Am Muslim (, 2005 to 2006), which is now a book published by Silverfish Books. Her latest book, King of The Sea, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award and was awarded Popular Books' Readers' Choice. Former British High Commissioner Chevening Scholar (1998-1999) and 2012 Senior API Fellow, Dina is now considering a post graduate research career to expand her book, I Am Muslim. She is currently a columnist with The Malay Mail Online, and is greatly interested in topics dealing with religion, culture and public policy.

This event is part of the World Lit: Malaysian Focus programme.