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Produce More Books On History Of Islam, Muslim Communities | 29/05/2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 29 2010 (Bernama) -- More books on the history of Islam and Muslim communites in South East Asia should be produced to create awareness among future generations, said the prime minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Although similar books had been authored and published many times in multi-languages, she said they should also be produced locally to improve the people's knowledge in local heritage and counter the distorted image of Muslims, so pervasive in the Western media.

"The Malaysian book industry must thus, emphasise efforts to write and publish findings on the local heritage and cultural origins," she said when launching three books written by a Pakistani writer at the Islamic Museum here on Saturday.

The books, 'Straits Muslims: Diasporas of the Northern Passage of the Straits of Malacca', 'Life of the Prophet Muhammad S.A.W (May Peace Be Upon Him)' and 'Philosophy of the Quran' were written by the late Hafiz Ghulam Sarwar.

Rosmah said Sarwar's books on the history of Islam were valuable contributions to the local cultural and Islamic heritage.

Born in 1873 at Lahore, Pakistan, Sarwar spent his early years in Penang before working in the Malayan Civil Service between 1900 and 1928.

The author of several books on Islam and inter-faith discourses died in 1954.

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