Aug 02, 2022
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Ashura has continuously witnessed the oppression of Shiite Muslims, who are a vulnerable group: for example, in 2010, the Selangor Religious Affairs Bureau banned many more in Gombak. Commemorative activities of up to 200 people; more than 50 people were arrested in Selangor and Malacca in 2016; as of last year, 23 and 8 Muslims who participated in the commemoration of Ashura were also arrested in Selangor and Johor respectively... State institutionalized Religious institutions outright banned Ashura observances. threatening the survival of memories passed telemarketing list on through rituals, which are legitimized by state-constructed "orthodox Sunni Islam" discourses. Another "battlefield" of the memory battle is in the field of national historical education. Looking through the section on Islamic history in the middle school history textbook published by the State Language Publishing Bureau (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka), there is no account of the Karbala incident, the martyrdom of Hu Sheng, the commemoration of Ashura, etc. These are selectively forgotten in the textbook narrative, in keeping with the "Orthodox Sunni Islam" agenda of official historical memory. Under the national education system, the "purified" historical narrative seems to have achieved a kind of "social amnesia" effect - so that the historical knowledge construction of most Malaysian citizens will not be contaminated with those heretical "impurities" . In all of the above situations, it is clear that a memory is mobilizing, with disproportionate power and legitimacy, a memory war, or perhaps more accurately: the slaughter of memory. Its purpose is to exclude, suppress, or even destroy another memory of "hostile". The erasure of written records, combined with the prohibition of commemorative ceremonies, will leave the memory of Karbala in a more fragile and disadvantaged position.