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This year, 2018, marks the 80th anniversary of the publication of Fatimah, a play by Hoesin Bafagih, editor of the journal Aliran Baroe and a political activist in the Arab-Indonesia Party. Like other plays from that time, Fatimah was staged not only to entertain but also to educate and, in this case, to further the emancipation of the traditionally-oriented Arab minority. Bafagih emphasized that the future of the Arab community in Indonesia lay in independent Indonesia, where women had equal rights and religion did not interfere with good governance. In recent political elections there has been much noise about the same issues discussed in Fatimah. The play is as topical today as it was in 1938.
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