Converging cultures: the Hadrami diaspora in the Indian Ocean


Journal articles and working papers

Walker, I. (2013) Pushing the creolisation paradigm on the Comorian island of Ngazidja: When does creolisation cease to be? IMI Working Paper 69 International Migration Institute, University of Oxford.

Walker, I. (2012) 'Comorians and Hadramis in the western Indian Ocean: diasporic practices in a comparative context', Social Dynamics 38 (3): 435-453.

Walker, I. (2012) “Is social capital fungible? The rise and fall of the Sanduk microcredit project in Ngazidja,” Journal of Eastern African Studies 6 (4): 709-726.

Walker, I. (2012) “Ntsambu, the foul smell of home: Food, commensality and identity in the Comoros and in the diaspora”, Food and Foodways 20(3-4): 187-210.

Book chapters

Forthcoming (2015) 'Hadrami identities in Saudi Arabia,' in Noel Brehony & Saud al Sarhan, eds, Rebuilding Yemen: political, economic and social challenges. Berlin: Gerlach Books

Walker, I. (forthcoming) ‘African Island Migration’, Encyclopedia of Migration (Springer).

Walker, I. (2014). Comoro Islands. In Thomas Spear (Ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies. New York: Oxford University Press.

Walker, I. (2014). Identity and citizenship among the Comorians of Zanzibar, 1886-1963. In Abdul Sheriff & Engseng Ho (Eds.), The Indian Ocean: Oceanic Connections & Creation of New Societies. London: Hurst & Co.

Walker, I. (2012) “Marrying at Home, Marrying Away: Customary Marriages and Legal Marriages in Ngazidja and in the Diaspora.” In K. Charsley (ed.), Transnational Marriage: new perspectives from Europe and beyond, London: Routledge.

Media contributions

24 November 2013 - Iain Walker was interviewed by Mukalla Today (in Arabic).

13 August 2013 - Saudi Arabia and its immigrants (posted on the COMPAS blog). Also mentioned onSaudi-US Relations Information Service.

26 February 2013 - The uncertainties of diaspora research (posted on the COMPAS blog)

14 February 2013 - Ahgaf Today article about Iain Walker visit to Jeddah and meeting with Salah Basweid and prominent Saudi businessman Abdullah Bin Mahfouz

28 August 2012 - Recipe for a diaspora: take one millionaire… (posted on the COMPAS blog). Also available in Arabic at Mukall Today (in Arabic)

Conferences and Presentations 

Walker, I Customary constraints and contemporary freedoms: social status and Hadramis on  the East African coast presented at the Islam and the Hadrami Diaspora in the Easter and Western Indian Ocean symposium, Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and society in December 2014.

Walker, I. Islands and Deserts: Making Space for Places in the Ports of the Indian Ocean. International Conference ‘Connectivity in Motion:New Studies on the World of the Indian Ocean, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, 16 – 18 October 2014.

Walker, I. Diasporic space in the Comoro Islands and in Zanzibar. The University of Texas Africa Conference, Austin, April 2014.

Walker, I. The Performance of Hadrami identities in Saudi Arabia. Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge, August 2014.

Walker, I. The Comoros: Strategies of islandness in the Indian Ocean. The African Islands Conference, University of Texas, Austin, October 2014.

Walker, I. Islands and Deserts: Making Space for Places in the Ports of the Indian Ocean. Connectivity in Motion: New Studies on the World of the Indian Ocean Conference, Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Halle (Saale), October 2014.

Walker, I. (2013) 'Nostalgia for a Lost Homeland: The Hadramawt Independence Movement in Saudi Arabia', Middle East Studies Association, New Orleans, October.

Walker, I. (2013) 'Yemenis in the Arabian peninsula: identities, mobilities, belonging', Seminar, KFCRIS, Riyadh, September.

Walker, I. (2013) ‘Qu’est-ce qu’une société créole? Créolisation sur l'île de Ngazidja.’ Festival d’Arts Contemporains des Comores, Marseille, July.

Walker, I. (2013) 'The Hadrami diaspora in the Gulf: immigrants or indigenes?', Rethinking Disaporas Conference, Oxford, July.

Walker, I. (2013) 'The independence movement in Hadramawt: realistic aspiration or pipe dream?', BRISMES Annual Conference, Dublin, June.

Walker, I. (2013) ‘What makes a creole society? Creolization on the Comorian island of Ngazidja.’ ECAS5, Lisbon, June.

Walker, I. (2012) ‘Pushing the creolization paradigm on the Comorian island of Ngazidja.’ Islands and Identities: Creolization and diaspora in comparative perspective” conference, Oxford, December.

Walker, I. (2012) 'Citizenship and belonging in Hadrami East Africa', ASAUK, Leeds, September.

Walker, I. (2012) ‘Les Comoriens de Zanzibar pendant la période coloniale.’ Festival d’Arts Contemporains des Comores, Moroni, Comoros, June.

Walker, I. (2012) ‘Social space in a Comorian world.’ Canadian Association of African Studies Annual Conference, Laval University, Quebec City, May.

Walker, I. (2012) 'One diaspora, two homelands? Comorians and Hadramis in the western Indian Ocean'. “Relationships between Diasporas and Their Homelands” Conference, LAU Beirut, February.

Walker, I. (2012) ‘Strategies of Identity Construction among the Comorian Community of Zanzibar, 1890-1963.’ African History & Politics Seminar, Oxford, January.

Walker, I. (2011) 'The imagined and the real: Hadrami mobilities in the western Indian Ocean', 16 November, paper presented at the Bergen Resource Centre for International Development.

Mukalla port, Yemen. Photograph: Iain Walker

Project lead

Iain Walker, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society

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