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The Graves of TarimGenealogy and Mobility across the Indian Ocean$
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Engseng Ho

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520244535

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520244535.001.0001

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Geography, a Pathway through History

Geography, a Pathway through History

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(p.27) Chapter 2 Geography, a Pathway through History
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The Graves of Tarim
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Engseng Ho

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520244535.003.0002

This chapter describes the social geography port town of Aden, the point in space and time at which the Hadrami diaspora ventured out into the Indian Ocean. It looks at how a certain kind of place is created by the movement of a diaspora through it and suggests that Hadramawt is not only a homeland for the Adeni but also a destination of earlier migrations. It outlines the historical origins of the sayyids in Hadramawt, and the early roots and routes of the Alawī Way there through a narrative of geography.

Keywords:   Aden, social geography, Hadrami diaspora, Hadramaw, Adeni, sayyids, Alawī Way

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