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Sidis and Scholars - Essays on African Indians

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8186962646 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 226



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Author: A Collection
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy/Esward A Alpers
Publisher: Rainbow publishers
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 226
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186962646


This exciting collection of essays brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to explore the history and present circumstances of one of India's least known minority groups, the African Indians.

Following the editors introduction which covers the scholarly literature on Africans in India and an historical overview that looks at the larger history of Africans in India, the essays focus on two different communities of African Indians, the Siddis of Gujarat (including those in Bombay) and the Siddis of Uttara Kannada, Karnataka. They illumine various aspects of the life of Sidis in contemporary India, Their worship at the Sufi shrine of Gori Pir, their music and dance, their liminal existence and their agonising dilemmas and predicament in the complex mosaic that is present-day India.

Co-edited by an ethnomusicologist of India and an historian of Africa, the contributors include specialists in anthropology, archaeology, art history, religious studies and film from Ghana, Sweden, Germany, the United States and India. Together, they bring to bear their wealth of research experience and scholarship in Africa and India on the fascinating and varied experience of Indians of African origin.





Africans in India and the Wider Context o the Indian Ocean
Sidis and the Agate Bead Industry of Western India
Redefining Boundaries: Twenty Years at the Shrine of Gori Pir
Per/forming African Identity: Sidi Communities in the Transnational Moment
The Siddis of Uttara Kannada:
History, Identity and Change among African Descendants in Contemporary Karnataka
African Indian Culture Articulation: Mediation and Negotiation in Uttara Kannada
Aliens and homelands: identity, Agency and the Arts among the Siddis of Uttara Kannada
Sidis and Parsis: A Filmmaker's Notes
A Sidi CD? Globalization of Music and the Sacred
Sidis of Gujarat and the Quest for Human Dignity: A Concluding Note.



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