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Malaysian Mosques

A Starting Point to Understanding the Adoption of Islam in Southeast Asia

In the early 15th century when Parameswara changed his name to Raja Iskander Shah and converted to Islam he announced the first royal conversion on the peninsula and became the first Sultan of Malacca. Malay became synonymous with the Malay sultanate and was the lingua franca of not only trade in the region but also of the Islamic faith.

Islam’s geographical migration was echoed by a cultural transition: in literature and the arts local forms were incorporated to make the religion more familiar and appealing to local tastes. Architecture was no exception, and the architecture of mosques demonstrates with particular clarity the intermarriage of Islamic doctrine with domestic building codes, often informed by local cultures

Malacca is home to three of Malaysia’s oldest mosques. In this lecture, Matt will discuss Malaccan mosques as examples of SE Asian Islamic architecture and as a starting point to understanding the adoption of Islam in the region.

Matt Cox is Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has taught modern and contemporary art at University of Sydney and published in Australia and internationally on Asian art and architecture. He is currently under examination for his thesis The Javanese self in portraiture 1880-1955.

How to Book: Please email Gill Green. Email: Or call Gill on 0466 977 313. Or book via this website. Bookings and payment in advance are essential, no refunds.

Payment Options:

1. Payment by EFT:

The Asian Arts Society of Australia

BSB: 012-003, Account No. 2185-28414. Please provide “your name Cox” as a reference.

2. Payment by credit card via this website – see Bookings button above right.


10 October, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
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