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Reflections On The Longevity Of The Hadhrami Diaspora In The Indian Ocean

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This chapter raises a number of issues regarding a comparatively small, but very resilient Indian Ocean diaspora, the Hadhramis. By assembling what is known about this diaspora's early history, as well as about its later development, the chapter also raises questions about notions of shifting roles and identities, creolisation and devices of status affiliation in the longue durée. An important factor in the success of the diaspora seems to have been its regionalisation. The chapter states that this regional orientationtogether with the possibility to reconnect the various branches of migrantswas a crucial factor in the flexibility, and thus the success, of the Hadhramis. It considers that the notion of a translocal community encompasses the idea of varying horizons of actionsometimes more within the confines of Southern Arabia or the Red Sea, at other times widening towards the East African shore and Southeast Asia.

Keywords: Hadhrami diaspora; Indian Ocean; regionalisation; Southeast Asia; translocal community



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