Wednesday, December 22, 2004
There is limited information about Taoism in Singapore, partly because there is no unifying organisation that links the Taoist temples together. The Taoist Mission (Singapore) offers insights to the religion with details on the development of Taoism in Singapore although this is mainly in Chinese. Taoism-Singapore is a very active discussion group that keeps track of events at various temples and the significance of these festivities. These are graphically illustrated through Tan Wee Cheng's online photographs at his website Tanki and elaborated further in the section Encounters.
Monday, December 06, 2004
The Darul-Arqam has a subsidiary, the Centre of Islamic Management Studies, set up in 1999 with the which aim to "develop and provide Islam-based training on various aspects of personal and professional development." Some unique courses offered are Islamic Banking and Shari'ah for Legal Practitioners. For religious education, there is a website reflecting all six full-time Madrasahs in Singapore. In 1999, the old Kampong Siglap Mosque was used as a centre for the memorisation of the Quran, Tahfiz Al-Quran Centre of Singapore. For critical thinking and discussions on Islam, the Centre for Islamic Studies provides such a platform. In the same vein, the Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs (RIMA), was also set up by the Association of Muslim Professionals.
Friday, December 03, 2004
Muslim Converts Association (Darul-Arqam)provides a good introduction to Islam. In Singapore, the administration of Muslim affairs is mainly managed by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS or Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura). The MUIS portal provides links to services such as Hajj Services, Halal Certification including a listing of certified halal food establishments in Singapore, and various eResources such as sermons and online publications. MUIS was established in 1968 as a result of the Administration of Muslim Law Act. An amendment of the act in 1975 saw the Mosque Building Fund (MBF) being set up. " The fecundity of the MBF can only be due to the Singapore Muslim way of doing things - the self-help way. Under the scheme, working Muslims are presently asked to donate a minimum of $2 to $5 each month to the Fund according to their salary, deducted through a government agency". In Mosque.org.sg, discover where mosques are located in Singapore and how they are managed.
Saturday, November 27, 2004
In the next few weeks, i will attempt to cover the varied religious and communal activities in Singapore. As a start, the Inter-religious Organisation (IRO) offers an overview of key religions in Singapore. This includes Hinduism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Bahai faith. Key religions such as Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and the various Chinese religions will be explored as these reflect the four key races and languages recognised in Singapore.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
A Country Study: Singapore is part of the Country Studies / Area Handbook Programme by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress. It gives a comprehensive perspective of Singapore including its history (from pre-colonial to 1985),society & environment (including ethnic groups, religions, education, health & welfare), the economy, government and politics, and national security. Data is valid only until 1989. There is a useful bibliography and an appendix of tables.
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
a2o.com , translated to Access to Archives Online Singapore is the integrated digital search interface for the National Archives' various units'digital presence. These subset dataplatforms include PICAS - the picture database, MISAS - the moving image and sound archives, STARS - the speech-text archival retrieval system, CARDS - cartographic and architectural records database, PRISM - private record information system, Posters - a posters database, GRID - government record information database and CORD - its collection of oral records
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Malaycivilization.com is the fruit of ATMA (Alam dan Tamadun Melayu), the Institute of the Malay World and Civilization, a part of UKM. As a general member - which is offered free-of-charge - users can view the digitised resources of photojournalist and restoration architect, N. A. Halim; PADAT, the Malay World Database - a collection of 30,000 to 40,000 articles in publications about the Malay world; Khamus Peribahasa Melayu or a Dictionary of Malay Proverbs built into a searcheable database; Pantun Baba or Peranakan Poetry, again a searcheable database; Karya Jawi or Jawi Literary Works; Serials which are fully digitised articles; the SARI Journal , the publication of ATMA available online; Suara Atma; another serial; Malay Dictionary of Affixes; Tenas Effendy's Collection, a collection of previously orally transmitted Malay sayings and proverbs; and Malay Dictionaries by non-Malays. Quite a number of the publications including the Peranakan poetry are publications published in Singapore.
Thursday, October 21, 2004
The Literature, Culture and Society of Singapore is part of the Post-Colonial Web of the University Scholar's Programme. A comprehensive landscape of post-colonial Singapore is outlined including its geography, demography, economics, history, politics, religion, science & technology, the visual arts, literature, and aspects about gender.
Sunday, October 17, 2004
The entry on Singapore at AllRefer.com is extensive. It captures Singapore's earliest history , its colonial founding and beginnings, its establishment as a free port, then as Crown Colony, developments during World War I and World War II, and post-war, concluding with independence and post-independence. AllRefer.com's goal is to offer authoritative educational resources on an open platform.
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Wikipedia has several entries on Singapore. Singapore history is of course covered but so are interesting places such as the zoo and Changi Airport. Certain schools such as Raffles Institution and Chinese High, and certain religious institutions like Sakya Muni Temple, are somehow included. The encyclopedia entries are after all written and edited by its own users. So do add entries to Wikipedia about our humble red dot so others can get to know us better.
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
A History of Malaya is the creative outcome of Sabri Zain, a journalist, communications manager and amateur historian all rolled into one. The site covers early Malayan history, and its colonisation, with promise of more history articles related to later developments from the Federated Malay States, to Japanese Occupation and Independence. In the segment on early history, Sabri captures the essence of early Malays, and influences from Buddhist empires, Chinese traders, and the coming of Islam to the region. He paints a picture of Parameswara and the Melaka Kingdom. In the segment on colonisation, Sabri describes the Johore Empire, the Dutch East Indies and the Straits Settlement. Each article is colourfully illustrated and has fascinating sub-articles for a deeper insight to Malayan history. Sabri has another beautiful site linked to photographs of past Malaya, entitled Classic Malaya. His site is also linked to the Sejarah Melayu discussion group.
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
A Sense of History is an online bibliography on Singapore's history, based on a 1998 print version collated by staff of the National University Library. The online version is updated by Tim Yap Fuan and has a comprehensive listing of resources. Particularly extensive is its segment on books, chapter-in-books and journal articles on Singapore's history.
Monday, October 11, 2004
Saturday, October 09, 2004
The Singapore Infomap , gives great insights to Singapore particularly the segment on history, national symbols, and her people. Check out the multimedia section for more interactive material on Singapore's history. This website is a portal created by the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts.
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Knowledgenet is an integrated portal on Singapore's history. It includes a mini-encyclopeadic resources, the Singapore Chronicles , resources for researchers, for teachers and students. The site is brought to you by the National Archives, the Singapore Heritage Society and by publishers Landmark Books.
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
The Singapore Pages allows you to read online rare books from the National Library's Heritage Collection and similar resources from the British Library. Articles about Singapore's history and communities and guides to the National Library collection on Singapore's history are also available. This website is brought to you by various teams of librarians at the National Library dealing with digitisation, metadata, heritage collections and content packaging. Register on elibraryhub first and have fun exploring Singapore's fascinating history!