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

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

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

Saturday, April 16, 2005
10:00 AM - 4:30 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.


  • Geopolitics of ‘Indian Diaspora’: Clash or Dialogue in the Indian Ocean World?
    Sanjay Chaturvedi, Panjab University
  • A Greater Hinduism for a Greater India? Some Reflections on the Hindu Faith in the Indian Ocean World
    Vinay Lal, UCLA
  • Identity and Difference in Ismaili Polemical Literature from Western India, c.1890-1930
    Samira Sheikh, Institute of Ismaili Studies
  • Devotional Diasporas, or, How East and West Meet in Mauritius
    Allen F. Roberts and Mary Nooter Roberts, UCLA


  • Governing the faithful across the Western Indian Ocean: the Formation of the Shi’a Isma’ili Muslim Community in East Africa, c. 1800-1925
    Zulfikar Hirji, Institute of Ismaili Studies
  • Negotiating Hinduism in East Africa, 1880-1960
    Gijsbert Oonk, Erasmus University
  • Cultures of Space and Cultures of Devotion: the Sathya Sai Baba Movement in East Africa
    Smriti Srinivas, UC Davis
  • Christian Intolerance and/as Liberal Tolerance: Defining ‘Custom,’ ‘Legality,’ and ‘Marriage’ in South Africa
    Radhika Mongia, UC Santa Cruz

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