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The Graves of Tarim: Genealogy and Mobility across the Indian Ocean

Engseng Ho


This book 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, the book 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 wo ... More

Keywords: diaspora, Indian Ocean, Arabia, India, Southeast Asia, transcultural exchanges, kinship, writing, Muslim prophet, Muhammad

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520244535
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520244535.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Engseng Ho, author