Singapore's Oldest Communities

In a special series, The Straits Times features five of Singapore's oldest communities: the Armenians, the Arabs, the Parsis, the Jews and the Dawoodi Bohras.

Dawoodi Bohra Community

Ruqaiyah Mamajiwalla was a 'miracle' for her mother, who had been told not to have children because she had a weak heart. But her conservative father wished for a boy to take over the family business.

Arab Community

The first song that Dr Sharifah Mariam Aljunied learnt was not Twinkle Twinkle Little Star but the chorus of the Arabic "sung poem" called the Qasidah Burdah, which is in praise of God.