Muslim Society And The Western Indian Ocean

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Overview

Muslim Society and the Western Indian Ocean explores the social processes through which practical reasoning is translated into meaningful collective action. Focusing on craft learning and religious practice, the study examines the ways in which the two kinds of knowledge are simultaneously transmitted between Muslim masters and apprentices in the traditional shipyards of Kachchh, Gujarat. The chapters of the book are loosely structured around the career trajectory of the typical apprentice, from his early years of labouring in shipyards to his later life as an accomplished sailor, experienced in the ways of the Indian Ocean. Apprenticeship is treated as a process that puts into stark relief broader social processes and concerns.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415376105
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication date: 4/27/2006
  • Series: Indian Ocean Series
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of 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

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