The Art of Resistance in Malay Fiction featuring Dr Faisal Tehrani
“I love writing about marginalized people. I want to give voice to the voiceless.” - Dr Faisal Tehrani
This edition of Cita Seni features Dr Faisal Tehrani, the current NUS-NAC Writing Residency writer. Tehrani has always been interested in human rights as well as dissenting themes and in a career that has spanned over two decades, his works has been both highly lauded and met with controversy. Tehrani will share more on his career as well as his thoughts on Malay literature today.
This talk will be held in English.
About Dr Faisal Tehrani
Mohd Faizal Musa is well known as Faisal Tehrani in Malaysia. Due to his human rights activities, six of his 23 literary works, Sebongkah Batu di Kuala Berang (2011), Perempuan Nan Bercinta (2012), Tiga Kali Seminggu (2010), Ingin jadi Nasrallah (2010), and Karbala (2007), Sinema Spiritual (2012) were banned by Malaysian government (Home Ministry).
Among his literary works highlighting human rights are Homosexual (published by Mingguan Malaysia 24 June 2012) and Seorang Muslim Seorang Lutheran, translated as A Muslim, A Lutheran (published 19 October 2015). The short story can be read here: http://www.projekdialog.com/featured/a-muslim-a-lutheran/. In 2015, Faizal also published a children’s book focusing on Article 1 and 2 (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948) entitled ‘Advencer Yaya dan Fufu. Buku 1: Jangan Cakap Begitu’.
Human rights theme are getting more visible in his works lately, for instance his 23rd novel, Bagaimana Anyss Naik Ke Langit (How Anyss Went to Heaven), is a story about a human rights activist who would eventually be murdered for trying to expose the systematic rape committed against the Penan women (indigenous people in state of Sarawak, Malaysia).
About Cita Seni
Started in 2012, Cita Seni is an educational and discursive forum consisting of seminars and public lectures on national and regional artistic, cultural and intellectual traditions. Presented by The Arts House and the Department of Malay Studies NUS, the forum aims to garner public and academic interest on areas of focus. Cita encompasses the meaning of ideal, while Seni refers to the artistic realm.