Excess Baggage or Precious Gems? the Migration of Cultural Commodities

Peter Hopkins and Richard Gale

in Muslims in Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748625871
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671335 | DOI:
Excess Baggage or Precious Gems? the Migration of Cultural Commodities

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This chapter concentrates on two distinct periods in the history of the Nizari Ismailis of Gujarati ancestry, namely the East African era and the Western settlement and the way in which cultural commodities have been transported, adapted and remoulded as a result of these migratory processes. Gulbanu and Kassamali connect their experiences of leaving India for East Africa. Communal networking in Britain was re-established by way of letter writing, telephone calls and other social activities. The recitation of ginans is an integral part of congregational worship amongst the Ismailis. The Ismailis mirrored the ways of life in their original homeland, Gujarat, while adapting aspects of the local majority culture and sometimes they merged the two together to create new hybrid forms, many of which are still in existence today.

Keywords: cultural commodities; Nizari Ismailis; Gujarati; East Africa; Western settlement; Britain; migratory processes

Chapter.  7912 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Islam

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