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The Graves of Tarim Genealogy and Mobility across the Indian Ocean
[AUTHOR: Engseng Ho | COVER: PAPERBACK COVER: 406 pages | First Edition 2006 | PUBLISHER: University of California Press | ISBN: 9780520244542 |]
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The Graves of Tarim
Genealogy and Mobility across the Indian Ocean

AUTHOR

Engseng Ho |

COVER

PAPERBACK COVER: 406 pages | First Edition 2006

PUBLISHER

University of California Press

ISBN

9780520244542

Anthropology | Cultural Anthropology | Middle Eastern |

HADRAMI SOCIETY | HISTORY OF TARIM |

GENEOLOGY |

QUALITY PRINT | TELLS THE HISTORY & MOVEMENTS |

CREAM PAPER | CONTAINS MAPS & ILLUSTRATIONS

ONE COLOR FONT |

 

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Graves of Tarim narrates the movement of an old diaspora across the Indian Ocean over the past five hundred years. Ranging from Arabia to India and Southeast Asia, Engseng Ho explores the transcultural exchanges—in kinship and writing—that enabled Hadrami Yemeni descendants of the Muslim prophet Muhammad to become locals in each of the three regions yet remain cosmopolitans with vital connections across the ocean. At home throughout the Indian Ocean, diasporic Hadramis engaged European empires in surprising ways across its breadth, beyond the usual territorial confines of colonizer and colonized. A work of both anthropology and history, this book brilliantly demonstrates how the emerging fields of world history and transcultural studies are coming together to provide groundbreaking ways of studying religion, diaspora, and empire.

Ho interprets biographies, family histories, chronicles, pilgrimage manuals and religious law as the unified literary output of a diaspora that hybridizes both texts and persons within a genealogy of Prophetic descent. By using anthropological concepts to read Islamic texts in Arabic and Malay, he demonstrates the existence of a hitherto unidentified canon of diasporic literature. His supple conceptual framework and innovative use of documentary and field evidence are elegantly combined to present a vision of this vital world region beyond the histories of trade and European empire.

 

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Note on Dates, Abbreviations, and Transliteration

Preface: Hadrami Society, an Old Diaspora

I. BURIAL

1. The Society of the Absent

2. Geography, a Pathway through History

3. A Resolute Localism

Conclusion to Part I: Making Tarim a Place of Return

II. GENEALOGICAL TRAVEL

4. Ecumenical Islam in an Oceanic World

5. Hybrid Texts: Genealogy as Light and as Law

6. Creole Kinship: Genealogy as Gift

Conclusion to Part II: Local Cosmopolitans

III. RETURNS

7. Return as Pilgrimage

8. Repatriation

9. The View from the Verandah

10. Evictions

Concluding Remarks: Names beyond Nations

Bibliography

Index

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Engseng Ho is Frederick S. Danzinger Associate Professor of Anthropology and of Social Studies at Harvard University, and Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. 


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