Islam and Hinduism in the Indian Ocean World: Global Truths and Local Practices, Day One

Conference to examine Islam and Hinduism in the Indian Ocean World.

Friday, April 15, 2005
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall (10th floor)
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The conference will explore changing notions and actual practices of Islam and Hinduism in the Indian Ocean World (IOW) ­a culturally complex crucible that links southern and eastern Africa with the islands and lands along the rim of the Indian Ocean, to South Asia and beyond. Trade, migration, diaspora-formation, and globalization are among the social forces that have affected all Muslim and Hindu communities for well over a millennium, and that are accelerating in today's world; but exactly how have and do such forces influence the IOW? We anticipate that by bringing together international scholars whose research in a variety of academic fields examines such issues in different times and places within the IOW, we shall identify commonalities and differences between Islam and Hinduism as they have been and are lived "on the ground" and across the waters.


  • Using the Global to Create the Local—Muslim Discourses of Reform in Colonial Aden
    Scott Reese, Northern Arizona University
  • Competing Claims to Orthodoxy: the Wahhâbiyya and Mainstream Islam in Ethiopia
    Hussein Ahmed, Addis Ababa University
  • The Transformation in the Transmission of Islamic Knowledge: the Benadir Coast in the late 19th Century
    Mohamed M. Kassim, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • The Interface between ‘Abangan’, traditional Islam and ‘santri’, strict/orthodox Islam in Indonesia and East Africa: A Preliminary Comparative Analysis
    Abdin Chande, Adelphi University


  • Refractions of Sufi Practices in the Indian Ocean World
    Helene Basu, Institut für Ethnologie, Berlin
  • The Southern Tier of the Da’wa? The Cape Muslim Community and Missionary-based Sufi Expansion, c.1880-1948
    Anne K. Bang, University of Bergen
  • Between Mecca and Malabar: Pilgrimage in the Fashioning of Muslim and Hindu Identities in the Indian Ocean Region
    Juan Campo, UC Santa Barbara
  • Crossing an Ocean of Belief: Hajj Oral History Narratives from Southeast Asia
    Eric Tagliacozzo, Cornell University

4:30 Evening Keynote

  • Introduction by Geoffrey Garrett, UCLA International Institute Vice Provost; Chair
  • Ocean of Wonders or Ocean of Secrets: Religious Difference as Understood in Indo-Persian Travel Texts, 1400-1700
    Sanjay Subrahmanyam, UCLA

This conference is funded by the UCLA International Institute and the Burkle Center for International Relations through a Global Impact Research Initiative grant.

Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available in lot 3 for $7.

James S. ColemanAfrican Studies Center

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Burkle Center for International Relations, Center for Near Eastern Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA International Institute