Ranging from Arabia to India and Southeast Asia, Engseng Ho explores the transcultural exchanges–in kinship and writing–that enabled Hadrami Yemeni. Engseng Ho is Professor of Anthropology and Professor of History at Duke University in the U.S. Currently he is the Muhammad Alagil Distinguished Visiting . Engseng Ho is an activist within the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and has co-authored a BDS resolution at the American.

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Disciplines Anthropology Cultural Anthropology Asian. We always ran away from the law. This provided the opportunity to, in a sense, redo the lens of British colonialism, but through the eyes of an Arabic community or diaspora which had been present in all these places but in a very different social position. One became an empire and one became anti-imperial.

In Penang it was Hokkien, which the Indians and the Malays also spoke. In certain places like Malaysia they are considered Malay and are part of the elite, as descendants of the Prophet.

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It is not one bloc, but it is someone of this diasporic community who recognises possibilities across the ocean, and attempts to mobilise them into one movement. It opened my mind up engsejg all these different kinds of possibilities which exist either when you go back in the past or when you go sideways to a different country. This was quite a different way of looking at colonialism and decolonialism, and on a very big scale.


They did not clean up after themselves. He was previously professor of anthropology at Harvard University and senior scholar at the Harvard Academy.

BDS The BDS movement was founded in by Omar Barghouti and asserts that it “works to end international support for Israel’s oppression sngseng Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law. They can be studied and understood.

I used to love building things from scratch or from bits and pieces of broken toys, so I thought I would be an engineer. The ruling party was a combination of race-based parties. Skip to main content. The world of ideas was therefore stunningly new to me. First of all, it came as a surprise to me to have anything to do with law and legal history.

The Graves of Tarim narrates the movement of an old diaspora across the Indian Ocean over the past five hundred years. What were the responses you received after publication? A work of both anthropology and history, this book brilliantly demonstrates how the emerging fields of world history and transcultural studies are coming together to provide groundbreaking ways of studying religion, diaspora, and empire. Also, in each town of Malaysia, especially among the Chinese, one dialect dominates the others.

BDS Close Connections s: You were born and brought up in Penang, a city built on its transnational and multiethnic maritime roots.

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The View from the Verandah You might not be able to understand the big things. It turned out that the Muslims in Singapore actually are quite a multicultural bunch. Social Media and Web Links Facebook: BDS initiatives include compelling institutions and individuals to divest from Israeli-affiliated companies, academic boycottsanti-Israel rallies and protests. After all this intellectual stimulation I was no longer interested in doing engineering, and I ended up taking a lot of other classes—I actually took all the classes on Marxism offered on campus.


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So the Hadrami Arabs were quite similar to the overseas Chinese, having all kinds of different experiences across the engsemg. To me it was strange that this was law, because no policeman is going to come after you, no Downloaded from https: It is not all big scale but it was intense and longstanding. The norm is actually that people are spread out, not that they stay back home. But I must say that what I liked in engineering was the systematic thought: So what you have is a sort of matriliny emerging.

This was an analysis which William Skinner had put forward in his writings. Someone called me to watch a small television in the library and I saw the planes crashing into the buildings. It will be a collective scholarly enterprise.

The Graves of Tarim by Engseng Ho – Paperback – University of California Press

Remember me on this computer. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset dngseng. A View from the Other Boat. Inter-Asian connections precede colonialism, have a lot to say about colonialism, and have lessons for us in the postcolonial period.