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My research interest is in the Islamic history of the Western Indian Ocean in the 19thand 20thcenturies, including Yemen, Oman, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. My work has mainly focused on various forms of religious change (text/book circulation, reforms of ritual- and teaching practices), but also social, legal and political change. My work has been mainly been based on Arabic sources, combined with field work. I have also conducted projects for the digitizing and conservation of manuscripts and texts which are in private ownership and in danger of environmental degradation. 

THE MANUSCRIPTS OF THE RIYADHA MOSQUE IN LAMU, KENYA

This project digitised the manuscript collection held at the Riyadha mosque in Lamu, Kenya. The Riyadha mosque college was founded in the late 19th century and is one of the oldest continuously functioning Islamic teaching institutions in East Africa. The digitised collection consist of 145 items dating from the 19th and 20th centuries.  

 

 

 

 

Academic article
  • 2019. Islamic incantations in a colonial notebook: A case from interwar Zanzibar. Cahiers d'Etudes Africaines. 1025-1046.
  • 2019. Hadramis in Africa . Oxford Research Encyclopedias.
  • 2015. Pondering the text as change maker. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 375-381.
  • 2014. The Riyadha Mosque Manuscript Collection in Lamu: A {Hcombining dot below}a{dcombining dot below}rami¯ Tradition in Kenya. Journal of Islamic Manuscripts. 125-153.
  • 2012. Zanzibari Islamic knowledge transmission revisited: loss, lament, legacy, transmission - and transformation. Social Dynamics. 419-434.
  • 2011. Authority and Piety, Writing and Print: A preliminary study of the circulation of Islamic texts in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Zanzibar. Africa. 89-107.
  • 2009. Reflections on the creation of history in the Indian Ocean. The sources and their relation to local practices and global connectivities. Transforming Cultures ejournal. 1-17.
  • 2007. Teachers, scholars and educationalists. The impact of Hadrami-Alawi teachers and teachings on Islamic education in Zanzibar ca. 1870-1930. Asian Journal of Social Science. 457-471.
Report
  • 1991. Kvalitetssikring av psykososialt arbeidsmiljø. Norsk Hydro - U&P drift. Evalueringsrapport for perioden mars 1990 til mars 1991. .
Popular scientific lecture
  • 2018. Panelsamtale: Kva er det med Saudi Arabia?
Academic lecture
  • 2015. The (selective) silence of the Hajis. The East African hajj c. 1880-1950.
  • 2015. "Shooting Stars. Living connectivity in early 20th century coastal East Africa (and tracing it 100 years later).
  • 2004. Cosmopolitanism Colonized? Three cases from Zanzibar 1890-1925.
Book review
  • 2015. Pondering the text as changemaker. Review/discussion of Isabel Hofmeyr’s Ghandi’s Printing Press. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 375-381.
  • 2011. Tradisjonelt og tilgjengelig om arabisk historie. Eugene Rogan, Araberne. Prosa - tidsskrift for skribenter. 38-39.
  • 2010. Red Sea Citizens: Cosmopolitan Society and Cultural Change in Massawa. International Journal of Middle East Studies. 717-719.
  • 2010. Book review. Abu Shouk and H. Ibrahim, The Hadrami diaspora in Southeast Asia. Intellectual Discourse. 18-24.
  • 2010. Anmeldelse av E. Goffeng, Doedelig Farvann. Oyenvitne til Israels angrep paa fredsflaaten. Prosa - tidsskrift for skribenter. 30-31.
  • 2008. The graves of Tarim: Genealogy and mobility across the Indian ocean. International Journal of Middle East Studies. 318-319.
  • 2003. Hadramawt and the Indian Ocean. Eight Years of Research on Diaspora and Homeland. Sudanic Africa - A Journal of Historical Sources. 140-148.
Academic monograph
  • 2014. Islamic Sufi Networks in the Western Indian Ocean (c. 1880-1940). Ripples of Reform. 16.
  • 2008. Zanzibar-Olsen - Norsk trelasthandel i Øst-Afrika 1895-1925.
  • 2003. Sufis and Scholars of the Sea. Family Networks in East Africa, 1860-1925.
Non-fiction book
  • 1996. The Idri state in Asir 1906-1934. Politics, religion and personal prestige as statebuilding factors in early twentieth-century Arabia. Centre for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, University of Be rgen.
Popular scientific article
  • 2007. Zanzibar-omanere og oman-zanzibarere. Bindestreker over Det indiske hav - og videre. Babylon - Nordisk tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier. 122-129.
  • 2004. Virkelighetens hold i virkeligheten. Forfatteren.
Feature article
  • 2011. Tr;bbel i paradis. Oppror i Oman. Bergens Tidende. 1 pages.
  • 2011. Jemen. Regime for fall eller stat i opplosning. Dagsavisen.
  • 2004. Presse og Pressefrihet i Gulfen. Bergens Tidende.
  • 2003. Intet nytt fra Ordfronten. Ondskapens akse og andre våpen. UiB-magasinet : nytt fra Universitetet i Bergen.
  • 2001. Når Historien innhenter historiefaget. UiB-magasinet : nytt fra Universitetet i Bergen.
Doctoral dissertation
  • 2000. Dr. avhandling :Sufis and Scholars of the Sea. The Sufi and family networks of Ahmad ibn Sumayt and the tariqa cAlawiyya in East Africa c. 1860-1925.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • 2017. Islam in the Swahili World. Connected Authorities. 9 pages.
  • 2015. Localizing Islamic Knowledge: Acquisition and Copying in the Riyadha Mosque Manuscript Collection in Lamu, Kenya. 33 pages.
  • 2015. Business communication in Colonial Times: The Norway-East Africa Trading Company in Zanzibar, 1895-1925. 21 pages.
  • 2010. When there are no foreign lands and all lands are foreign. Two texts from the Indian Ocean. 14 pages.
  • 2009. En norsk trelastagent pa Zanzibar, 1894-1920. Kolonien som arena for sosial mobilitet. 11 pages.
  • 2007. Cosmpolitanism colonized? Three cases from Zanzibar 1890-1920. 21 pages.
  • 2006. ”My generation. Umar b. Ahmad b. Sumayt (1886-1973): Inter-generational Network transmission in a trans-oceanic Hadramı Alawı family, ca. 1925-1973”.
  • 2006. “Another scholar for all seasons? Tahir b. Abi Bakr al-Amawi (1877-1938). Qadi of Zanzibar”.
  • 2006. Tause tingmenns tale.
Encyclopedia article
  • 2002. Ahmad b. Abi Bakr b. Sumayt. . In:
    • 2002. Encyclopedia of Islam (New edition).

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

2019: “Islamic Incantations in a Colonial Notebook. A case from Interwar Zanzibar”, Cahiers d’Études Africaines, LIX (4), 236, 2019, 1025-1046. 

 

2019: “Hadramis in Africa.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. Oxford University Press. Article published March 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190277727.013.324.

2017: “Islam in the Swahili World”. In: La Violette & S. Wynn-Jones, The Swahili World, London: Routledge, 2017, 557-565. 

 2015: “Localizing Islamic Knowledge: Acquisition and Copying in the Riyadha Mosque Manuscript Collection in Lamu, Kenya”, in: Maja Kominko (ed.), From Dust to Digital. Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme, London, 55-88.

2014: Islamic Sufi Networks in the Southwestern Indian Ocean (c. 1880-1940). Ripples of Reform. Monograph, 227 pages, Leiden (Brill).

 2014: “The Ḥaḍramaut in Lamu. The manuscript collection of the Riyadha mosque of Lamu, Kenya”, Journal of Islamic Manuscripts, special issue (ed. A. Regourd), Manuscripts of Yemen, circulation of ideas and models, Vol 5:2-3, 125-153.

2014: “The Norway-East Africa Trading Company in Zanzibar, 1895-1925. Business communication in colonial times”, In: K. A. Kjerland & B. Bertelsen (eds.), Navigating colonial orders. Norwegian Entrepreneurship in Africa and Oceania, Berghahn Books.

2013: “Danish and Norwegian travel accounts of Oman, 1765-1995: Changing views across land and sea”. In: M. Hoffmann-Ruf & A.R. al-Salimi (eds.), The Ibadism of Oman. Its overseas Development and its Perception Overseas, Tübingen (Georg Olms Verlag), Germany, 403-410.

2012: “Zanzibari Islamic knowledge transmission revisited: Loss, lament, legacy, transmission – and transformation”, Journal of Social Dynamics, 38:3, 419-434.

2012: “Remembrance of Maalim Muhammad Idris Muhammad Saleh”, Islamic Africa, 3:2.

2012: “Cultural Heritage and Social Context. Research and Management in Post-Colonial Mozambique,” In: T. Halvorsen & P. Vale (eds.), One world, many knowledges. Regional experiences and cross-regional links in higher education, Sanord, 249-264. With Tore Sætersdal.

2011: “Authority and Piety, Writing and Print. A preliminary study of Islamic texts in late 19th and early 20th century Zanzibar”, Africa, 81, 63-81.

 

PRESERVING PIOUS PRINT. DIGITISING EARLY ISLAMIC PRINT IN THE MAALIM IDRIS COLLECTION, ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA

EAP1114 (estimated completion Nov/Dec 2019)

This project will digitise early printed materials contained in the library of the late Zanzibari scholar, Maalim Muhammad Idris (d. 2012). Using digital photography, the project will digitise approximately 300 Islamic items dating from the late nineteenth century to the 1940s. Digital copies will be deposited with the British Library and the Zanzibar Institute for Archives and Records (ZIAR). Funded by the British Library, Endangered Archives Programme