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Cities: Urban Identities: Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur
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In Malaysia, which is multiethnic, multilingual, and multireligious, ethnicity and religious affiliation are central elements in the constitution of social identity. With a slight majority of the population on the Malaysian Peninsula, the Malays form the dominant ethnic group, followed in number by ethnic Chinese, ethnic Indians, and aboriginals (Orang Asli in Malay). The link between ethnic identity and religious affiliation is generally less fixed among the non-Malays than it is for the Malay …

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Frisk, Sylva, “Cities: Urban Identities: Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0216b>
First published online: 2009

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