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Muslim Society and the Western Indian Ocean

The Seafarers of Kachchh

By Edward Simpson

Routledge – 2006 – 190 pages

Series: Routledge Indian Ocean Series

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Description

Based on substantial ethnographic, textual and archival research, this interesting book offers a new perspective on the anthropology of the western Indian Ocean. Writing in a clear, engaging style, and covering an impressive range of theoretical terrain, Simpson critically explores the relationships between people and things that give life to the region and drive shifting patterns of social change among Muslims in the highly-politicized state of Gujarat.

Scholars of the Indian Ocean, Muslim society in South Asia, and Hindu nationalism, as well as anthropologists in general, will find this a fascinating read and a major contribution to research in this area.

Contents

Introduction 1. Kachchh and the Western Indian Ocean 2. The Social Organization of a Port Town 3. Muslim Society 4. Sailors 5. Shipbuilding 6. Seafaring and Islam 7. A Biographical Approach to Islamic Reform. Conclusion

Author Bio

Edward Simpson is Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has written on various aspects of both Muslim society and natural disasters in Gujarat, western India.

Name: Muslim Society and the Western Indian Ocean: The Seafarers of Kachchh (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Edward Simpson. Based on substantial ethnographic, textual and archival research, this interesting book offers a new perspective on the anthropology of the western Indian Ocean. Writing in a clear, engaging style, and covering an impressive range of theoretical terrain,...
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