Monday, December 30, 2013

Meet-the-Author: Peh Shing Huei, author of When the Party Ends: China's Leaps And Stumbles After The Beijing Olympics

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a Meet-the-Author event with Peh Shing Huei, author of When the Party EndsChina’s Leaps and Stumbles after the Beijing Olympics, on Saturday, 18 January 2014, at 2:00pm.

About Peh Shing Huei
Peh Shing Huei is a journalist for The Straits Times and the newspaper's deputy news editor. He was based in Beijing from 2008 to 2012, when he served as the China bureau chief of the Singapore daily. His new book When the Party Ends: China's Leaps and Stumbles after the Beijing Olympics, offers an on-the-ground look at China's ascent and challenges after the 2008 Games.

He is also the co-author of Struck By Lightning, a collection of essays on Singapore politics. The graduate of Columbia University in New York and the National University of Singapore lives in Singapore. He has won the Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year awards in Singapore Press Holdings. He is also the co-founder of Macular Degeneration Society in Singapore, a non-profit organisation which aims to build awareness and offer support to patients of the low-vision disease.

About When the Party Ends: China’s Leaps and Stumbles after the Beijing Olympics
When the Party Ends a compelling account of China after it stunned the world with the memorable opening of the Olympic Games, an exciting period which coincides with the author’s posting to the country. He was based in Beijing as The Straits Times’ China Bureau Chief, reporting on the massive Sichuan earthquake three months before the Games in 2008, the dramatic fall of Chongqing chief Bo Xilai and the once-in-a-decade leadership handover in 2012.

In the book, the author uncovers the simmering tension behind China’s meteoric progress, which has seen the communist country launching high-speed rail networks at a breakneck pace and conquering space in the midst of a growing income divide. Even as China grew stronger and more assertive, it also became more fragile. This is evident in the many insightful interviews with scholars, dissidents, civil servants, politicians, and ordinary Chinese whose stories are intricately weaved into the eight chapters.

Date and Time
Saturday, 18 January 2014, 2pm

Select Books
51, Armenian Street, Singapore 179939

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Book Launch: Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesian World, by Azhar Ibrahim

Select Books and leftwrite centre are pleased to invite you to the book launch of Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesian World, by Azhar Ibrahim, on Friday, 27 December 2013, at 7:30pm.

There will be a panel discussion with Associate Professor Aisha Abdul Rahman (Head, Department of Malay Studies, NUS), Azhar Ibrahim (Visiting Fellow, NUS) and Ahmad Gaus (Writer and Activist).

Please register for the event at:

About Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay-Indonesian World
While many books have probed the role of Islam in political and social change in Southeast Asia over the past three decades, few have focused on the power of the religious discourse itself in shaping this transformation.  Contemporary Islamic Discourse in the Malay–Indonesian World captures the interplay between religion and social thought in comparative case studies from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Drawing on a critical sociology of knowledge and a profound understanding of historical contexts, the central focus is on Muslim intellectuals who have grappled with the impact of modernity in these societies, between those seeking to reform Islam’s role and those who take a hardline defensive stance.  The discussion deals successively with the role of religious traditionalism, the upsurge of dakwah revivalism and the public sphere, attitudes towards democracy and pluralism, and finally the ideas advanced by liberal Islam and its opponents.  Above all, Azhar Ibrahim offers the reader a creative way of understanding the modern Islamic discourse and its relationship to the remaking of society at large.

About Azhar Ibrahim
Azhar Ibrahim, PhD, is a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore. His research interests include sociology of religion, sociology of literature and critical literacy, and the Malay-Indonesia intellectual development. He has co-edited and published widely in Malaysia and Indonesia. Amongst his major publications in English are: Humanistic Traditions in Islam: A Preliminary Survey and Islam, Religion and Progress: Critical Perspectives .

Date and Time
Friday, 27 December, 2013, 7:30pm

Select Books
51, Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: 6337 9319