Gujarati Communities Across the Globe

Paperback / softback, 188 pages, 244 mm x 170 mm
31 Jan 2012
Trentham Books Ltd

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Gujarati Communities across the Globe is the first study to offer insight into the everyday lives and evolving identities negotiated by Gujaratis in a global context: in India, the United Kingdom, North America, Australia, New Zealand, East Africa and South Asia. Its orientation around the themes of nationalism, migration, new ethnicities, language and religion makes it an essential resource for students of South Asian studies, religious studies, the sociology of religion, social anthropology, diasporic studies, cultural and ethnic studies. It will also interest those who wish to understand how identities of a diasporic and post-diasporic community can be strengthened despite moving away from one's original roots. Dr. Sharmina Mawani and Dr. Anjoom Mukadam are lecturers at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London; they serve on the Executive Board of the Gujarat Studies Association and joint editors of Gujaratis in the West: Evolving Identities in Contemporary Society.

  • Sharmina Mawani

  • Anjoom A. Mukadam

1 The Nationality Factor in the Migration of Gujaratis to East Africa and Beyond Ramnik Shah 2 The Ugandan Asian Expulsion and its Place in the Evolution of the Gujarati Diaspora Mohamed M. Keshavjee 3 With Whom May British Gujaratis Identify, to Whom May They be Compared? John Mattausch 4 An Inspiring Light: Leadership in Contemporary Times Anjoom Mukadam 5 Songs of Praise: The Git Tradition of the Nizari Ismaili Muslims Sharmina Mawani 6 Sufis and Satpanthis: Gujari Teachings of Muhammad Shah Zawahir Moir 7 K.M. Munshi on Language Problems in India Riho Isaka 8 'I want love to be arranged!' Courtship and Marriage in the Context of Globalisation: Baroda, India Katherine Twamley, Anthony Pryce and Karina Kielmann 9 A Match Made in Heaven: A Study of Changing Hindu Marriage Practices amongst Gujarati Eligibles Sheena Raja 10 A Fine Balance: Standardisation and Accommodation in the Swaminarayan Sanstha Hanna H. Kim 11 Annakut/Govardhan Puja: Identity and Authority in the Gujarati Hindu Diaspora of the United Kingdom and New Zealand Martin Wood 12 Indianness and the Reflexive Project of the Self: Discourses of Ethnicity among New Zealand-born Gujaratis Amanda Gilbertson

This is an important collection for anyone interested in globalized and transnational religion in the modern world.

John E. Cort, Religious Studies Review 39.2

This edited volume of essays focusing on the Gujarati diaspora spans a variety of substantive disciplines, including sociological and geopolitical arenas. It is refreshingly varied in its treatment of the Gujarati diaspora and has both depth and breadth in its insights.I welcome...this work...not because of its novelty value as a niche, diasporic observation, but because it is a multi-layered, sociological enterprise, allocating a substantial role to local and global considerations of agency in this collection a limited discussion of socio-economic and material constraints the many and varied negotiations in Gujarati diasporic lives

Harshad Keval, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36:5