In this Book

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A great deal has been written about the webs, nodes and networks created by Britain’s Indian Ocean Empire during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Much of the focus has been on the political, legal or economic consequences of empire; this book redresses the balance, devoting its attention to the personal and social. Using the British Settlement of Aden, it examines the development of a local Muslim community within the spaces created by imperial rule from the mid-nineteenth through mid-twentieth century. It explores how individuals from widely disparate backgrounds brought together by the networks of empire created a cohesive community utilizing the one commonality at their disposal: their faith. Specifically, it examines how religious institutions and spiritual ideas served as parameters for the creation of community and the kinds of symbolic and cultural capital an individual needed to attain communal membership and influence within the confines of imperial rule.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-xix
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  1. Map 1 British Aden
  2. p. x
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  1. Map 2 The Indian Ocean and its commercial routes
  2. p. xi
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  1. Map 3 Yemen in the nineteenth century
  2. p. xii
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  1. Introduction: A Community of Muslims
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1. Hanuman’s Tunnel: Collapsing the Space between Hind and Arabia in the Arab Imaginary
  2. pp. 17-39
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  1. 2. Aden, the Company and Indian Ocean Interests
  2. pp. 40-63
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  1. 3. Claims to Community: Mosques, Cemeteries and the Universe
  2. pp. 64-78
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  1. 4. “The Qadi is not a Judge”: The Qadi’s Courts, Community and Authority
  2. pp. 79-108
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  1. 5. “An Innocent Amusement”: Marginality, Spirit Possession and the Moral Community
  2. pp. 109-137
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  1. 6. Scripturalism, Sufism and the Limits of Defining Public Religiosity
  2. pp. 138-161
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  1. Conclusions
  2. pp. 162-167
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 168-195
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 196-205
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 206-212
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780748697663
Related ISBN
9780748697656
MARC Record
OCLC
1103692745
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-02
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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