Anne Bang focuses on the ways in which a particular Islamic brotherhood, or 'tariqa', the tariqa Alawiyya, spread, maintained and propagated their particular brand of the Islamic faith. Originating in the South-Yemeni region of Hadramawt, the Alawi tariqa mainly spread along the coast of the Indian Ocean. The Alawis are here portrayed as one of many cultural mediators in the multi-ethnic, multi-religious Indian Ocean world in the era of European colonialism.
'Sufis and Scholars of the Sea is a fine scholarly work. It is well researched, focused, and excellently presented. It deserves attention for its original approach, and for the wealth of previously unpublished information.' - Asian Journal of Social Science
1. The Al Ba (Bani) Alawi 2. The Al Bin Sumayt 3. Ahmad B. Abi Bakr B. Sumayt: Childhood and Youth in the Comoro Islands 4. Hadramawt Revisited. Family and Scholarly Networks Reinforced 5. Travelling Years: Zanzibar-Istanbul-Cairo-Mecca-Java-Zanzibar: 1885-1888 6. IBN Sumayt, the Alawis and the Shafti I Ulama of Zanzibar C. 1870-1925: Profile of the Learned Class: Recruitment, Training and Careers 7. Scriptural Islam in East Africa: THe Alawiyya, Arabization and the Indigenization of Islam in East Africa, 1880-1925 8. The Work of a Qadi: IBN Sumayt and the Official Roles of the Zanzibari Ulama in the British-Bu SA IDI State, C. 1890-1925 9. Educational Efforts Within the Colonial State: The Ulama and The Quest for Secular Education 10. The Death of a Generation