- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: April 2018
- Print publication year: 2018
- Online ISBN: 9781108334860
Between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, a distinct form of Islamic thought and practice developed among Muslim trading communities of the Indian Ocean. Sebastian R. Prange argues that this 'Monsoon Islam' was shaped by merchants not sultans, forged by commercial imperatives rather than in battle, and defined by the reality of Muslims living within non-Muslim societies. Focusing on India's Malabar Coast, the much-fabled 'land of pepper', Prange provides a case study of how Monsoon Islam developed in response to concrete economic, socio-religious, and political challenges. Because communities of Muslim merchants across the Indian Ocean were part of shared commercial, scholarly, and political networks, developments on the Malabar Coast illustrate a broader, trans-oceanic history of the evolution of Islam across monsoon Asia. This history is told through four spaces that are examined in their physical manifestations as well as symbolic meanings: the Port, the Mosque, the Palace, and the Sea.
Bruce B. Lawrence - Duke University, North Carolina and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, Istanbul
Nile Green - University of California, Los Angeles
Sugata Bose - Harvard University, Massachusetts
Pius Malekandathil - Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Barbara D. Metcalf - University of California, Davis
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