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Could Zapin Help Fight Extremism?

Prof Syed Farid Alatas, sociologist, National University of Singapore

27-Apr-18 14:00

Could Zapin Help Fight Extremism?

The traditional Malay music and dance form known as zapin traces its roots back to the “zafin” of the Hadhramaut region of South Arabia. Brought over by the Hadhrami Arab community, the musical form bridges the spiritual and the everyday. Prof Syed Farid Alatas talks to us about how exploring the roots of zapin - or “zafin” - could lead to greater cultural understanding of Islam, as well as dilute religious extremism.

Produced by: Sharmilla Ganesan

Presented by: Sharmilla Ganesan


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