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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.  

 

 

 

 

Books
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2014. Islamic Sufi Networks in the Western Indian Ocean (c. 1880-1940). Ripples of Reform. Brill Academic Publishers. 224 pages. ISBN: 978 90 04 25134 2.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2008. Zanzibar-Olsen - Norsk trelasthandel i Øst-Afrika 1895-1925. Fagbokforlaget. 216 pages. ISBN: 978-82-450-0719-0.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2003. Sufis and Scholars of the Sea. Family Networks in East Africa, 1860-1925. RoutledgeCurzon. 260 pages. ISBN: 0-415-31763-0.
  • Bang, Anne Kathrine; Vikør, Knut S. 1996. The Idri state in Asir 1906-1934. Politics, religion and personal prestige as statebuilding factors in early twentieth-century Arabia. 203 pages.
Journal articles
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2015. Pondering the text as change maker. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 35: 375-381. doi: 10.1215/1089201x-3139168
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 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. 35: 375-381.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2014. The Ḥaḍramaut in Lamu. The manuscript collection of the Riyadha mosque of Lamu, Kenya. Journal of Islamic Manuscripts. 5: 125-153.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2012. Zanzibari Islamic knowledge transmission revisited: loss, lament, legacy, transmission - and transformation. Social Dynamics. 38: 419-434. doi: 10.1080/02533952.2012.756724
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2011. Tr;bbel i paradis. Oppror i Oman. Bergens Tidende. 1 pages. Published 2011-05-27.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 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. 81: 89-107. doi: 10.1017/S0001972010000057
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2011. Tradisjonelt og tilgjengelig om arabisk historie. Eugene Rogan, Araberne. Prosa - tidsskrift for skribenter. 2. 38-39.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine; Hovden, Eirik. 2011. Jemen. Regime for fall eller stat i opplosning. Dagsavisen. Published 2011-02-02.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2010. Anmeldelse av E. Goffeng, Doedelig Farvann. Oyenvitne til Israels angrep paa fredsflaaten. Prosa - tidsskrift for skribenter. 6. 30-31.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2010. Book review. Abu Shouk and H. Ibrahim, The Hadrami diaspora in Southeast Asia. Intellectual Discourse. 18: 18-24.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2010. Red Sea Citizens: Cosmopolitan Society and Cultural Change in Massawa. International Journal of Middle East Studies. 42: 717-719. doi: 10.1017/S0020743810001091
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 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. 4: 1-17.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2008. The graves of Tarim: Genealogy and mobility across the Indian ocean. International Journal of Middle East Studies. 40: 318-319. doi: 10.1017/S0020743808080586
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 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. 35: 457-471. doi: 10.1163/156853107X240297
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2007. Zanzibar-omanere og oman-zanzibarere. Bindestreker over Det indiske hav - og videre. Babylon - Nordisk tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier. 5: 122-129.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2004. Presse og Pressefrihet i Gulfen. Bergens Tidende. Published 2004-01-05.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2004. Virkelighetens hold i virkeligheten. Forfatteren. 14.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2003. Hadramawt and the Indian Ocean. Eight Years of Research on Diaspora and Homeland. Sudanic Africa - A Journal of Historical Sources. 14: 140-148.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2003. Intet nytt fra Ordfronten. Ondskapens akse og andre våpen. UiB-magasinet : nytt fra Universitetet i Bergen. 4.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2001. Når Historien innhenter historiefaget. UiB-magasinet : nytt fra Universitetet i Bergen. 6.
Reports and theses
  • Bang, Anne Kathrine. 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. 325 pages.
  • Skogstad, Anders; Bang, Anne Kathrine. 1991. Kvalitetssikring av psykososialt arbeidsmiljø. Norsk Hydro - U&P drift. Evalueringsrapport for perioden mars 1990 til mars 1991. Forskningssenter for arbeidsmiljø, helse og sikkerhet, Univer.
Book sections
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2017. Islam in the Swahili World. Connected Authorities. 48, pages 557-565. In:
    • Adria, LaViolette; Wynne Jones, Stephanie. 2017. The Swahili World. Routledge. 702 pages. ISBN: 978-1138913462.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2015. Localizing Islamic Knowledge: Acquisition and Copying in the Riyadha Mosque Manuscript Collection in Lamu, Kenya. Chapter, pages 55-88. In:
    • Kominko, Maja. 2015. From Dust to Digital. Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme. Open Book Publishers. 718 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78374-062-8.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2015. Business communication in Colonial Times: The Norway-East Africa Trading Company in Zanzibar, 1895-1925. Kapittel, pages 106-126. In:
    • Kjerland, Kirsten Alsaker; Bertelsen, Bjørn Enge. 2015. Navigating Colonial Orders. Norwegian Entrepreneurship in Africa and Oceania. Berghahn Books. 414 pages. ISBN: 978-1-78238-539-4.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2010. When there are no foreign lands and all lands are foreign. Two texts from the Indian Ocean. Kapittel, pages 151-164. In:
    • Naguib, Nefissa; De Vries, Bert. 2010. Movements of people in time and space : heureux qui comme Ulysses a fait un beau voyage. 176 pages. ISBN: 9788274530829.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2009. En norsk trelastagent pa Zanzibar, 1894-1920. Kolonien som arena for sosial mobilitet. Kapittel, pages 65-77. In:
    • Kjerland, Kirsten Alsaker; Rio, Knut Mikjel. 2009. Kolonitid : nordmenn på eventyr og big business i Afrika og Stillehavet. Scandinavian Academic Press. 318 pages. ISBN: 978-82-304-0049-4.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2007. Cosmpolitanism colonized? Three cases from Zanzibar 1890-1920. 4, pages 167-187. In:
    • Simpson, Edward; Kresse, Kai. 2007. Struggling with History. Islam and cosmopolitanism in the Western Indian Ocean. C. Hurst & Co.. 377 pages. ISBN: 978-1-85065-879-5.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2006. ”My generation. Umar b. Ahmad b. Sumayt (1886-1973): Inter-generational Network transmission in a trans-oceanic Hadramı Alawı family, ca. 1925-1973”. artikkel. In:
    • Manger, Leif Ole; Munzoul, A.M.Assal. 2006. Diasporas Within and Without Africa. Dynamism, hetereogeneity, variation. 200 pages. ISBN: 91-7106-563-6.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2006. “Another scholar for all seasons? Tahir b. Abi Bakr al-Amawi (1877-1938). Qadi of Zanzibar”. artikkel. In:
    • Loimeier, Roman; Sesemann, Rüdiger. 2006. The Global Worlds of the Swahili. Interfaces of Islam, Identity and Space in 19th and 20the Century East Africa. LIT Verlag. 200 pages. ISBN: 3-8258-9769-9.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2006. Tause tingmenns tale. 1. In:
    • Helle, Knut; Grepstad, Ottar; Lillehammer, Arnvid; Tryti, Anna Elisa. 2006. Vestlandets historie. Bd. 2: Samfunn. Vigmostad & Bjørke. 414 pages. ISBN: 82-419-0402-9.
  • Bang, Anne Katrine. 2002. Ahmad b. Abi Bakr b. Sumayt. Ibn Sumayt. In:
    • Bosworth, C.E.; van Donzel, E.; Heinrichs, W.P.; LeComte, G. 2002. Encyclopedia of Islam (New edition). ISBN: 90-04-09813-5.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

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