Islam Translated: Literature, Conversion, And The Arabic Cosmopolis Of South And Southeast Asia

Paperback | April 1, 2016

byRonit Ricci

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The spread of Islam eastward into South and Southeast Asia was one of the most significant cultural shifts in world history. As it expanded into these regions, Islam was received by cultures vastly different from those in the Middle East, incorporating them into a diverse global community that stretched from India to the Philippines.

In Islam Translated, Ronit Ricci uses the Book of One Thousand Questions—from its Arabic original to its adaptations into the Javanese, Malay, and Tamil languages between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries—as a means to consider connections that linked Muslims across divides of distance and culture. Examining the circulation of this Islamic text and its varied literary forms, Ricci explores how processes of literary translation and religious conversion were historically interconnected forms of globalization, mutually dependent, and creatively reformulated within societies making the transition to Islam.

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The spread of Islam eastward into South and Southeast Asia was one of the most significant cultural shifts in world history. As it expanded into these regions, Islam was received by cultures vastly different from those in the Middle East, incorporating them into a diverse global community that stretched from India to the Philippines. I...

Ronit Ricci is associate professor in the School of Culture, History, and Language at the Australian National University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:335 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:April 1, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations


1    Introduction: An Arabic Cosmopolis?

Part One: Translation

2    On “Translation” and Its Untranslatability   

3    The Book of Samud: A Javanese Literary Tradition   

4    The Tamil Āyira Macalā: Questions and Marvels   

5    Seribu Masalah: The Malay Book of One Thousand Questions   

Part Two: Conversion

6     Cosmopolitan in Translation: Arabic’s Distant Travels   

7    Conversion to Islam and the Book of One Thousand Questions   

8    A Jew on Java, a Model Malay Rabbi, and a Tamil Torah Scholar: Representations of Abdullah Ibnu Salam and the Prophet in the Book of One Thousand Questions   


Part Three: Conclusion

9    The Arabic Cosmopolis of South and Southeast Asia    

Bibliography

Index

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“A significant piece of scholarship on the role of language and literary networks in the spread of Islam and the interplay between the vernacular and cosmopolitan.”