Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast

TitleMonsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast
Publication TypeBook
AuthorsPrange, S
Series TitleCambridge Oceanic Histories
Number of Pages358
PublisherCambridge University Press

Monsoon Islam traces the evolution of a distinct form of Islamic thought and practice that developed in the trading world of the medieval Indian Ocean. What defines this Monsoon Islam is that its traditions, ideologies, and customs reflect the values of ordinary merchants rather than the interests of a political or religious elite. At its core, Monsoon Islam was the product of the tension between the distant and the local, between these Muslims’ role in far-flung trading networks and an Islamic cosmopolis on the one hand and, on the other, their need to negotiate the concrete socio-political conditions of the places in which they wanted to do business. The individual and institutional answers to this challenge continue to define the character and structures of Islam across monsoon Asia.
Short TitleMonsoon Islam
Refereed DesignationRefereed