The Afghan Community in Kelantan: A Preliminary Survey

Metzger, Laurent
April 2014
IUP Journal of International Relations;Apr2014, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p44
Academic Journal
The Malay Peninsula has been a land of immigration for a long time. Several communities and individuals have left their homeland and migrated there, seeking fortune. Several studies have been conducted on such movements and historical migrations. Some of those migrations are quite well known, but some have attracted less attention from scholars. True, some were not as important in size as the others, but we believe that all communities deserve some kind of historiography. This is the case of the Afghan community which settled in the north-eastern state of Kelantan after World War I; hardly any mention can be found in historical documents either concerning their country of origin or their country of settlement. Hence, this paper tries to unravel the mysterious past of the said community. The paper also presents the reasons for such lack of information as well as a few points regarding the status of the Afghans who came to Kelantan.


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