By Ronit Ricci

The unfold of Islam eastward into South and Southeast Asia used to be some of the most major cultural shifts in global background. because it extended into those areas, Islam was once bought by way of cultures tremendously varied from these within the heart East, incorporating them right into a varied worldwide neighborhood that stretched from India to the Philippines.   In Islam Translated, Ronit Ricci makes use of the e-book of 1 Thousand Questions—from its Arabic unique to its variations into the Javanese, Malay, and Tamil languages among the 16th and 20th centuries—as a method to think about connections that associated Muslims throughout divides of distance and tradition. interpreting the stream of this Islamic textual content and its assorted literary kinds, Ricci explores how techniques of literary translation and non secular conversion have been traditionally interconnected different types of globalization, together based, and creatively reformulated inside of societies making the transition to Islam. Islam Translated will give a contribution to our wisdom of this area of the Muslim global that is still crucially vital to international affairs.

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11 For example, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the Sultanate ofBanten on Java's northern coast had extensive trade contacts with the Chulias, Muslim traders from the Coromandel coast, many of whom settled in the 1Dwn. 12 Iron, steel, diamonds, and fabrics were exported 9· A third group of Muslims residing in the Tamil region, claiming Dakhni (a southern variant of Urdu) as their mother tongue, lies outside the scope of this study. Sec Bayly, SaitJts, Goddesses and Kings, 96-IOL 10. 5· An important study of Sufi influence on the acceptance of Islam in a neighboring region is Richard M.

24 The kinds of interactions among individuals and communities and the circulation of texts outlined above were central to the two major processes that I explore in this book: translation and religious conversion. Conversion brings about large translation projects, while widely disseminated translated texts encourage further conversion. When stories and ideas are translated, a familiar language-including its vocabulary, idioms, syntiX-is converted in the process into something that is somewhat foreign.

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