Muslims in Georgetown World Heritage Site: Cultural and socio-economic sustainability

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Jamalunlaili Abdullah
Rahmat Azam
Reevany Bustami
Che Bon Ahmad


Georgetown World Heritage Site (GWHS) is known as a potpourri of various ethnic groups who have settled in the area during various periods of the past 300 years. Chinese are the majority although Muslims (Malays) were the earliest settlers and once the majority.  This paper analyzes the socio-economic and cultural sustainability of the Muslim community within the GWHS relying on historical records and the current situation. Areas around masjid kapitan Kling and masjid Melayu are considered as Muslim enclave.   While the Indian Muslims are doing rather well socio-economically, the same cannot be said of the Malays. The number of Malays is very low and Malay business owners in the area tend to live outside the GWHS. The decline of the Muslim population has grave implications for the socio-economic and cultural sustainability of Muslims, especially the Malays.

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Abdullah, J., Azam, R., Bustami, R. and Ahmad, C.B. 2018. Muslims in Georgetown World Heritage Site: Cultural and socio-economic sustainability. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies. 3, 9 (Jul. 2018), 75–83. DOI:


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