The Hadhrami Diaspora in Southeast Asia: Identity Maintenance Or Assimilation?

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Brill, 2009 - Social Science - 297 pages
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This volume originates from the proceedings of an international conference convened by the Department of History and Civilization, International Islamic University Malaysia, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Yemen, in Kuala Lumpur, from 26 to 28 August 2005. Twelve out of thirty-five papers presented at the conference have been reviewed, thoroughly revised and published in this volume. The introduction and the twelve chapters address the question of Hadhrami identity in Southeast Asia from various perspectives and investigate the patterns of Hadhrami interaction with diverse cultures, values and beliefs in the region. Special attention is paid to Hadhrami local and transnational politics, social stratification and integration, religio-social reform and journalism, as well as to economic dynamism and the cosmopolitan character of the Hadhrami societies in Southeast Asia.

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Ahmed Ibrahim Abushouk, Ph.D. (1998), University of Bergen, is Professor of History at the Department of History and Civilization (IIUM). The areas of his interest include Islam and Arabs in Southeast Asia, Islamic revivalism, and British colonial rule in the Middle East. He has published in Arabic and English, including his latest edited bookAl-?Athar al-Kamila li Mujallat al-Manar?an Janub Sharq ?Asiya, 2 vols. (Kuala Lumpur: RMC, IIUM, 2006).Hassan Ahmed Ibrahim, Ph.D. (1972) in History, University of London, is Professor of History at the Department of History and Civilization (IIUM). His research interests include the history of the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Islamic revivalism. He has published extensively in Arabic and English, including his latest book Sayyid ?Abd al-Ra?man al-Mahdi: A Study of Neo-Mahdism in the Sudan, 1899-1956 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2004).

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