Engseng Ho (Fall 2012)

Professor Engseng Ho from Duke University will be the fall GLASS Visiting Scholar (November 21-23, 2012).

After graduating from Stanford with undergraduate degrees in economics and anthropology, Professor Ho spent a few years as an international economist in Singapore before pursuing a masters and PhD at the University of Chicago. There he regularly met with multiple mentors in anthropology, Arabic and Islamic studies. His dissertation on a society of Yemeni people that had a 500-year history of migration broke the mold of a traditional anthropology program that focuses on the study of contemporary society in one geographic locality.

Professor Ho spent two years in Yemen conducting research that revealed a rich history of a people who traveled throughout East Africa, the Arab world, India and Southeast Asia, intermarrying and contributing to the establishment of new Muslim religious, political and legal institutions. The dissertation grew into a book: The Graves of Tarim: Genealogy and Mobility across the Indian Ocean, published by the University of California Press in 2006.

GLASS Events

Public Lecture: Dubai and Singapore: Asian Diasporics, Global Logistics, Company Rule
Wednesday, Nov 21
Time: 15.00-17.00 hrs
Venue: Leiden Law School (KOG), Room A144

Master Class: Nations from the Outside In: Religious, Politicaland Commercial Entanglements between Diasporas and Empires
Thursday, Nov 22
Time: 9.30-17.00 hrs
Venue: Green Room of the East Asian Library
Information and application can be found here.
Application deadline: October 24th, 2012

Faculty Roundtable:
Asian Modernities, Global Interactions and Alternatives to Eurocentricism
Friday, Nov 23
Time: 13.00-15.00 hrs
Venue: Gravensteen Room 111

Works by Engseng Ho

His book, The Graves of Tarim: Genealogy and Mobility across the Indian Ocean is available on reserve at the O.L.G. of the Main Library.

The Graves of Tarim tells of how Muslim sailors, scholars, merchants, and settlers from Yemen have made a place for themselves across the Indian Ocean for the last 500 years. Through the ties of a literate and religiously-inspired diaspora that has rivaled and challenged European expansion, Hadrami voyagers shape a world beyond the Euro- American imagination. Professor Ho shows how the study of non-European texts and histories is essential to understanding the tensions and dynamics of globalization--both in the past and today. His work challenges the modernist categories that have informed anthropology and offers a model of how to chart the emergence of regional worlds.

Further reading:
Empire through Diasporic Eyes: A View from the Other Boat. Society for Comparative Study of Society and History.(April 2004): 210-246.

The Two Arms of Cambay: Diasporic Texts of ecumenical Islam in the Indian Ocean. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, Volume 50, Numbers 2-3, 2007, pp. 347-361.

Last Modified: 29-10-2012