The Hadhrami Diaspora in Southeast Asia

Identity Maintenance or Assimilation?


Editors: Hassan Ibrahim and Abu Shouk
This volume originates from the proceedings of an international conference convened by the Department of History and Civilization, International Islamic University Malaysia, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Yemen, in Kuala Lumpur, from 26 to 28 August 2005. Twelve out of thirty-five papers presented at the conference have been reviewed, thoroughly revised and published in this volume. The introduction and the twelve chapters address the question of Hadhrami identity in Southeast Asia from various perspectives and investigate the patterns of Hadhrami interaction with diverse cultures, values and beliefs in the region. Special attention is paid to Hadhrami local and transnational politics, social stratification and integration, religio-social reform and journalism, as well as to economic dynamism and the cosmopolitan character of the Hadhrami societies in Southeast Asia.
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Biographical Note

Ahmed Ibrahim Abushouk, Ph.D. (1998), University of Bergen, is Professor of History at the Department of History and Civilization (IIUM). The areas of his interest include Islam and Arabs in Southeast Asia, Islamic revivalism, and British colonial rule in the Middle East. He has published in Arabic and English, including his latest edited book Al-ʾAthār al-Kāmila li Mujallat al-Manārʿan Janūb Sharq ʾAsiya, 2 vols. (Kuala Lumpur: RMC, IIUM, 2006).
Hassan Ahmed Ibrahim, Ph.D. (1972) in History, University of London, is Professor of History at the Department of History and Civilization (IIUM). His research interests include the history of the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Islamic revivalism. He has published extensively in Arabic and English, including his latest book Sayyid ʿAbd al-Raḥmān al-Mahdī: A Study of Neo-Mahdism in the Sudan, 1899-1956 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2004).

Review Quotes

“ [T]his well-edited book goes far beyond the “usual” proceedings volumes and combines 12 interesting articles and a well-written introduction by the editors. The introductory chapter gives a good overview of the state of the art in Hadhrami studies on Southeast Asia and beyond.
[…] this book makes a fine sample of academic scholarship.”
Holger Warnk, Anthropos, 2011.


The primary readers of this volume are those who are interested in the history of Hadhramaut and its diaspora. It also attracts the attention of students of colonialism and migration, anthropologists and postcolonial studies specialists.


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