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Childhood: Coming of Age Rituals: Malaysia
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Malay is constituted as the national and official lingua franca in Malaysia. However, English is still considered to be and is favored as an important language. Malaysia is populated by three main races: Malay (majority), Chinese, and Indian. The Malay culture and tradition are much influenced by the teachings and practices of Islam and since almost all Malays are Muslims, their psyche is much governed by the Islamic tradition.

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Manaf, Nor Faridah Abdul, “Childhood: Coming of Age Rituals: Malaysia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0163a>
First published online: 2009

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