Indian Ocean Migrants and State Formation in Hadhramaut: Reforming the Homeland

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Brill, 2003 - Architecture - 589 pages
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The author discusses the modern history of Hadhramaut in a novel way. Linked to the Indian Ocean through a long history of migration, she traces the ways in which members of the diaspora and travellers interacted with the homeland through their remittances, political initiatives and the introduction of new ideas and institutions. The book is based on a wide range of hitherto unused Hadhrami and British sources as well as on fieldwork in Yemen and Indonesia. Exemplary life-histories of merchants and scholars illustrate the wide range of concerns for the establishment of stable polities in a tribal society. This is linked to the careful analysis of the impact of imperial rule both in the lands of the diaspora and in Hadhramaut in chapters focussing on state- and institution-formation. Developments in Hadhramaut are regarded as a prism for the development of modernity in the wider Muslim and Indian Ocean worlds which was adapted to local conditions and needs.

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Ulrike Freitag, Ph.D. (1991) in History, University of Freiburg, is the Director of the Centre of Modern Oriental Studies and Professor of Islamic Studies at Freie Universitat, Berlin. She has published on Arab historiography and co-edited with W. G. Clarence-Smith Hadhrami Traders, Scholars and Statesmen in the Indian Ocean, 1750s-1960s (Brill, 1997).

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