Ranging from Arabia to India and Southeast Asia, Engseng Ho explores the transcultural exchanges–in kinship and writing–that enabled Hadrami Yemeni. Engseng Ho is Professor of Anthropology and Professor of History at Duke University in the U.S. Currently he is the Muhammad Alagil Distinguished Visiting . Engseng Ho is an activist within the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and has co-authored a BDS resolution at the American.

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But none of that happened. The majority of South Asian scholars, following subaltern or postcolonial thought, took on a territorial approach that looks at the masses and the downtrodden peasants and their relations with the central state.

They became interested in tropical plants, which they ate, thinking to ingest as well the climatic and organismic elements of the region.

And they provided a different way of understanding and inter- preting the international society through native eyes, not native of a small place, engsengg of the whole Indian Ocean region. As a child, I was always afraid of policemen. In the mids, you moved to the US for your undergraduate studies at Stanford University.

As I mentioned before, Malaysia only became racialised after the British took over, and that pro- duced the idea that mixed populations such as mixed Wngseng or Malays are a strange phenomenon. When we engsehg to Yemen and see these houses from mud. The mantra was, we look small but we understand big things.

In the late colonial period these Asian countries became tied not to each other but to the colonial metropolis. In these processes, at one point people from abroad integrate and assimilate, at some other point they become a third or creole community, and at yet another enbseng they become racialised again.


Libraire Armand Colin, ; Kirti 41 It will be a collective scholarly enterprise. In Engweng, the situation is more mixed. This was an analysis which William Skinner had put forward in his writings.

The Graves of Tarim by Engseng Ho – Paperback – University of California Press

One recent concept is globalisation but that is not exactly it. They are historical engsfng who have been there for hundreds of years. I also did a lot of courses in economics and the history of economic thought.

They ensgeng a very different view of India; a view from the boat. I used to build no toys with electric motors. There are actually a few different paths which led me to the Hadramis. For example, a Chinese coming from China, fresh off the boat, smart and hardworking: Initially I was also interested in psychology. Although they actually had a lot to do with each other historically, I wondered at what point were they partners and at what point did the partners fall out?

Books Digital Products Journals. BDS initiatives include compelling institutions and individuals to divest from Israeli-affiliated companies, academic boycottsanti-Israel rallies and protests. When I went to college, I had never thought of myself as very studious. When I was following the genealogies, I realised how the same issue could at times look like law, at times like mysticism.

There is a much smaller stream of South Asian scholars who did not focus on the territory but on the Downloaded from https: To me it was strange that this was law, because no policeman is going to come after you, no Downloaded from https: They had histories that were found in manuscripts and one could study them across the Indian Ocean. And the simple fact of their spread does not mean that you should go round up or shoot whomever you think is an Arab or a Muslim. Engseng Ho is Frederick S.


For you, does indigeneity come only patriarchally? Did you feel yourself being part of a diaspora at the time?

The dominant conviction is that these Muslim networks are quite invisible. They can be studied and understood. When I was growing up, the policemen had these Italian cars called Alfa Romeos which were very fast.

When I said I had just returned from the US after gradu- ating, he said: In certain places like Malaysia they are considered Malay and are part of the elite, as descendants of the Prophet.

I see Indian Ocean Studies as an early model, which has successfully demonstrated over the past thirty years how deep and wide connections can be across two places that are actually quite far from each other.

I wanted to understand people and I thought psychology was the solution. Marx said that ideology is like a camera obscura or a pinhole camera: He invited me to present the piece and I got a lot of vigorous responses, including from someone who used to be in the CIA. That was a revelation. Engineering was good because it combined my interests and theirs.