Cham Muslims of the Mekong Delta: Place and Mobility in the Cosmopolitan Periphery

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NUS Press, 2007 - Cham (Southeast Asian people) - 313 pages
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This intriguing account of the vigorous survival of an Islamic community in the strife-torn borderlands of the lower Mekong delta, and of its creative accommodation to the modernising reforms of the Vietnamese government, shows how Islam provides a unifying focus for the Cham people in their diversely-constituted rural settlements. Although officially regarded as one of Vietnam's nationial minority groups, the multilingual Cham are part of a cosmopolitan, transnational community, and as traders, pilgrims and labour migrants are found throughout mainland Southeast Asia and beyond it.
 

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Contents

Cham house Chau Giang
22
Tourists get a Cham history lesson from a Vietnamese guide
25
Copies of the Koran and study materials La Ma mosque
26
View across the Mekong to Chau Phong mosque
27
In Search of Autonomous Origins
29
Islam in the Production of Cham Localities
67
Doorway decorations
103
Mesjid Mubarak Chau Giang
104
Small boats moored alongside Da Phuoc house
179
Weaving cooperative Phum Soai
180
Sewing class in Chau Phong
181
Longdistance cargo boat Da Phuoc
182
Peddlers in Vinh Truong village
183
Place in Motion Culture in Process
184
Cham Political Agency
222
National flag and house number Chau Giang
263

Preparations for a Ramadan fastbreaking meal
105
Tomb of Saint Tuon Kosem
106
Spirits of Community Personhood and Place
107
Market Access The Economy
144
In the Cosmopolitan Periphery
264
Notes
280
Bibliography
293
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