Sufis and Scholars of the Sea

Family Networks in East Africa, 1860-1925

By Anne Bang

© 2003 – Routledge

272 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415758604
pub: 2014-05-30
US Dollars$54.95
Hardback: 9780415317634
pub: 2003-08-21
US Dollars$193.00

About the Book

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 It deserves attention for its original approach, and for the wealth of previously unpublished information.'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

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Anne K. Bang is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Bergen, Norway.

About the Series

Routledge Indian Ocean Series

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General