Hybrid Texts: Genealogy as Light and as Law

Engseng Ho

in The Graves of Tarim

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780520244535
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938694 | DOI:
Hybrid Texts: Genealogy as Light and as Law

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This chapter examines two Hadrami travel texts written in Gujarat and Mecca. These writings, viewed together with other Hadrami texts, form a canon which evolved with the movement of the Hadrami diaspora across the Indian Ocean. A continuing thread through this evolution was the genealogy form, which connects the texts but appears in changing shades as it shares the page with other literary concerns, such as those of chronological history and legal disputation.

Keywords: travel texts; Hadrami texts; canon; Indian Ocean; genealogy form; Gujarat; Mecca

Chapter.  15808 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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