Singapore's present-day multi-religious environment has about 200 years of history behind it. Each of the various religious traditions in the city-state has its own story and its own place in Singapore's historical narrative. This talk will give an overview of history of religion in Singapore, looking at the five largest groups – Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism and Christianity – and the major landmarks in their growth here. Of particular interest is how several of the traditions have grown and expanded beyond the particular ethnic groups that first introduced them to Singapore.
HistoriaSG is a lecture series at National Museum of Singapore that focusses on important but lesser-known aspects of Singapore's history. With in-depth presentations by local and international academics on a range of topics viewed through a variety of lens from business to science and technology, the environment and specific communities, the series sheds new light on Singapore's culture, history and heritage. HistoriaSG is part of the museum's efforts to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of Singapore's history.