Event / Lecture on Cross-cultural relations in 16th century Malabar

Asia Research Institute, Singapore invites you to lecture on A Moral Economy of Jihad: Islamic Law Meets Pure Castes and Creole Societies in Indian Ocean Malabar by Prof Engseng Ho.

Date: 10th September 2019.

Time: 4pm – 5.30pm

Venue:  AS8, Level 4, Seminar Room 04-04, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260, National University of Singapore

About the lecture: In Malabar, a thriving Indian Ocean society in Southwest India tied to Arabia and the Malay Archipelago in the 16th century, Hindu caste purity and Islamic legal categories subsisted in a sea of cross-cultural relations. While the plural was not expressly valorized, an unspoken interdependence existed between purity and pluralism.

The onset of European colonialism, and its unprecedented bid for hegemony across the Indian Ocean from Mozambique to Malacca via Malabar, triggered responses which reflected on the nature of social relations in Indian Ocean Malabar. One such response, a call to jihad from within the diasporic Muslim merchant community targeted by the Portuguese, based its legal arguments on a novel ethnography of castes and outcastes in Malabar, situating Muslims within a regional moral economy of interdependent purities.

Here, Islamic law, anthropology and history come together to reveal collusions between Hindu and Muslim within a call to jihad against the first European bid for hegemony in the original arena of global trade – the Indian Ocean. This presentation draws on manuscript and archival sources from the work of the Alagil Chair Programme in Arabia Asia Studies in Malabar India, Yemen and Indonesia.

About the Speaker: Engseng Ho is Muhammad Alagil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Arabia Asia Studies at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. At Duke University, he is Professor of Anthropology and Professor of History. He is a leading scholar of transnational anthropology, history and Muslim societies, Arab diasporas, and the Indian Ocean.

More info and registration: https://ari.nus.edu.sg/events/engseng-ho/

Shared to the KSM by: Muhammed Afzal P. Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Pilani, Pilani.

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