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This volume covers the long neglected history of Hadhramaut (southern Arabia) during the modern colonial era, together with the history of Hadhrami "colonies" in the Malay world, southern India, the Red Sea, and East Africa.
After an introduction placing Hadhramis in the context of other diasporas, there are sections on local and international politics, social stratification and integration, religious and social reform, and economic dynamics. The conclusion brings the story to the present day and outlines a research agenda.
Many aspects of Indian Ocean history are illuminated by this book, notably the role of non-Western merchants in the spread of capitalism, Islamisation and the controversies which raged within Islam, British and Ottoman strategic concerns, social antagonisms in southern Arabia, and the cosmopolitan character of coastal societies.
Three-Terminal Cultural Corridor in the Western Indian Ocean (1799-1856)
Winner of the Society for Arabian Studies Grant in 2003. This study examines a view '‘from outside’ of the three terminals: Makran, Muscat and Zanzibar which is a partial one in the history of the western Indian Ocean. Such themes are, however, essential when viewed against the background of Anglo-French rivalry in the Gulf and Indian Ocean during the first half of the nineteenth century, and are central to numerous debates. The methodological perspective, therefore, whilst concerned with oriental figures and events, is still largely based on sources in western languages precisely because it concentrates on the relations between Saʾ īd bin Sulṭān Āl Bū Saʾ īdī (r. 1806-1856), the Arab-Omani sovereign of Muscat and Zanzibar, and Europe, and on Baluch presence in Oman and in East Africa.
Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority
The acceptance of female leadership in mosques and madrassas is a significant change from much historical practice, signalling the mainstream acceptance of some form of female Islamic authority in many places. This volume investigates the diverse range of female religious leadership present in contemporary Muslim communities in South, East and Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America, with chapters discussing its emergence, the limitations placed upon it, and its wider impact, as well as the physical and virtual spaces used by women to establish and consolidate their authority. It will be invaluable as a reference text, as it is the first to bring together analysis of female Islamic leadership in geographically and ideologically-diverse Muslim communities worldwide.
Editor: Benjamin Soares
This timely collection offers new perspectives on Muslim-Christian encounters in Africa. Working against political and scholarly traditions that keep Muslims and Christians apart, the essays in this multidisciplinary volume locate African Muslims and Christians within a common analytical frame. In a series of historical and ethnographic case studies from across the African continent, the authors consider the multiple ways Muslims and Christians have encountered each other, borrowed or appropriated from one another, and sometimes also clashed. Contributors recast assumptions about the making and transgressing of religious boundaries, Christian-Muslim relations, and conversion. This engaging collection is a long overdue attempt to grapple with the multi-faceted and changing encounters of Muslims and Christians in Africa.

The Ibadis in the Region of the Indian Ocean. Section One : East Africa , Hildesheim-Zürich-New York, Georg Olms Verlag (« Studies on Ibadism and Oman », 1), 2013, 446 p., isbn : 978-3-487-14801-4, 68 € relié. Le livre de Heinz Gaube, consacré à la côte swahilie, se veut une compilation

In: Arabica

Literatur/Book Reviews / Die Welt des Islams 49 (2009) 122-161 137 The Global Worlds of the Swahili: Interfaces of Islam, Identity and Space in 19 th and 20 th - Century East Africa . By Roman Loimeier & Rüdiger Seesemann (eds.). Berlin: Lit 2006 (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung Vol. 26). x + 409

In: Die Welt des Islams

Barbar ) in the Egyptian city of Fusṭāṭ. 19 The absence of the definite article indicates that it was the market of the people of Barbar ( āl barbar ) not the Barbar ( al-barbar ). Again, the Barbar in question is the east African region to the south of the city of Fusṭāṭ. Thus, one may safely

In: Studia Islamica

looked at Sudan in the wider context of imperial politics in North-East Africa and the Levant, the Sudan Political Service had over time developed a sense of “ownership” over the country, alongside a deep-seated hostility towards Egypt. This led to frequent disagreements between high-level administrators

In: Oriente Moderno

of Zanzibar off the East African coast. And it is in those geographic pockets that Ibadi scholars have since the 8th century been producing their own textual corpora, including traditions of theological, historical, and legal literature, distinct from their Sunni and Shiʿi coreligionists. 3 This

In: Journal of Islamic Manuscripts

by sea from the Mediterranean, East-Africa, and Indian Ocean. After their long and usually hard journey, or before embarking again, pilgrims used to stay several days in Jeddah. They would do some shopping and business in the luxuriant and well-stocked markets of the city, waiting until their guides

In: Turkish Historical Review