Beyond Bedouin and Bania: Arabia-South Asia Relations
Date : 07 Dec 2017 - 08 Dec 2017
Venue : Asia Research Institute, Seminar Room
AS8, Level 4, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
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This event is organised by the Muhammad Alagil Chair in Arabia Asia Studies, Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore; with funding sponsorship from Middle East Institute (MEI), National University of Singapore. 

By dint of proximity and other reasons, Arabia and South Asia are neighbouring regions which have been involved in each other's affairs for centuries. While their relations are not always the most visible, peoples from the two regions enjoy a degree of familiarity and mutual knowledge that defies conventional notions of cultural and religious difference. 

This conference will explore and map the range of relations between Arabia and South Asia in the present and the past in a number of arenas, as in the programme enclosed. In particular, the presentations will bring to light engagements away from the usual focus on states, empire and migrant labour, to plumb deeper cultural currents that have had a continuous and continuing effect on both regions together.

We showcase here work employing original sources that have not been mobilized in a transregional framework, to show the range and depth of Arabia-Asia relations that are open to further research and discovery.


CONTACT DETAILS
Conference Convenors

Dr Nisha Mathew
Asia Research Institute, and Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore
E | arinmm@nus.edu.sg; meinmm@nus.edu.sg

Prof Engseng Ho
Asia Research Institute, and Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore

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Sharon ONG