Dr. Abdul Jaleel Parappu Kadavath Matra

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Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

Visiting Research Fellow (2016)

From Hadrami Sayyids to Malayāli Tangals: The Sacred Lineage and Shifting Diasporic Identity of Hadramis in Kerala, South India

From Hadrami Sayyids to Malayāli Tangals: The Sacred Lineage and Shifting Diasporic Identity of Hadramis in Kerala, South India

This study aims at recording the patterns of change in the identity and culture of an Arab immigrant community in Malabar, South India and their transformation from Hadrami Sayyids to indigenous Malayāli Tangals. Beginning with a historical survey of the early Hadrami Sayyid families, it will analyse the diasporic articulations of identity and Sayyid lineage in the religious, historical as well as genealogical texts and inquire the integration of the community into the local culture as Tangals. The study examines how and why the diaspora retained the identity of the sacred lineage of Sayyid with a local name of Tangal while integrating culturally to the indigenous Mappila society. Within the light of writings of immigrants in Malabar, it will explore whether the sacred lineage and Alawi Sufism can evoke diasporic belongingness with or without imagination of a homeland territory.