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Peter Hopkins and Richard Gale

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625871

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625871.001.0001

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Excess Baggage or Precious Gems? the Migration of Cultural Commodities

Excess Baggage or Precious Gems? the Migration of Cultural Commodities

(p.150) Chapter 9 Excess Baggage or Precious Gems? the Migration of Cultural Commodities
Muslims in Britain

Peter Hopkins

Richard Gale

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter concentrates on two distinct periods in the history of the Nizari Ismailis of Gujarati ancestry, namely the East African era and the Western settlement and the way in which cultural commodities have been transported, adapted and remoulded as a result of these migratory processes. Gulbanu and Kassamali connect their experiences of leaving India for East Africa. Communal networking in Britain was re-established by way of letter writing, telephone calls and other social activities. The recitation of ginans is an integral part of congregational worship amongst the Ismailis. The Ismailis mirrored the ways of life in their original homeland, Gujarat, while adapting aspects of the local majority culture and sometimes they merged the two together to create new hybrid forms, many of which are still in existence today.

Keywords:   cultural commodities, Nizari Ismailis, Gujarati, East Africa, Western settlement, Britain, migratory processes

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