Struggling with History: Islam and Cosmopolitanism in the Western Indian Ocean

By: Kai Kresse and Edward Simpson (eds)

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This volume compares and contrasts anthropological and historical approaches to the study of the Indian Ocean by focusing on the vexed nature of 'cosmopolitanism'. The chapters contribute to debates on the nature of cosmopolitanism, the comparative study of Muslim societies, and the study of colonial and post-colonial contexts. There are few books on the market that combine serious interdisciplinary scholarship and regional ethnographic expertise with comparable ambition. Contents Preface and Acknowledgement Notes on Language Notes on Contributors Map Foreword Introduction Cosmopolitanism Contested: Anthropology and History in the Western Indian Ocean – Edward Simpson and Kai Kreese 1. Islam in Indian Ocean Africa Prior to the Scramble - Gwyn Campbell 2. The History of Bhuj as Told by its Own Historians – Edward Simpson 3. Saints, Rebels and Bookesellers: Sufis in the Cosmopolitan Western Indian Ocean, c. 1780-1920 – Nile Green 4. Cosmopolitanism Colonised? Three Cases from Zanzibar, 1890-1920 – Anne Bang 5. The ‘Respectable Citizens’ of Shaykh Uthman: Religious Discourse, Trans-locality and the Construction of Local Contexts in Colonial Aden – Scott Reese 6. The Use of History: Rhetorics of Muslim Unity and Difference on the Kenyan Swahili Coast – Kai Kresse 7. Cosmopolitanism Beyond the Towns: Rural-Urban Relation in the History of the Southern Swahili Coast in the Twentieth Century – Felicitas Becker 8. Drumming and Praying: Sidi at the Interface of Spirit Possession and Islam – Helene Basu 9. ‘I am Gulf’: The Production of Cosmopolitanism in Kozhikode, Kerala, India – Filippo Osella & Caroline Osella Afterword Index. Printed Pages: 400.

Title: Struggling with History: Islam and Cosmopolitanism in the Western Indian Ocean

Author Name: Kai Kresse and Edward Simpson (eds)

Categories: India, History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, UK, Hurst & Company:

ISBN: 185065879X

ISBN 13: 9781850658795

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

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Keywords: Islam Cosmopolitanism Indian Ocean India