Book reviews / Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast

Sheikh, Samira. Review of Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast, by Sebastian R. Prange. H-Asia, H-Net Reviews (June 2020).

Extracts: Prange’s book is an attempt to understand the creative engagements, facilitated by politics and trading contacts, that went into “realizing” Kerala’s characteristic versions of Islam…. 

Monsoon Islam is arranged around spaces—port, mosque, palace, sea—which are the rubrics for its four chapters. Its locale is the Malabar coast between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries when local production of pepper and other spices made it a coveted trade destination….

He [Prange] has brought scrupulous multilingual scholarship to difficult questions of history, identity, and myth and his book deserves to be widely read.

More info and full text: <http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=53037>

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