Cham Muslims of the Mekong Delta: Place and Mobility

9789971693619_1024x1024This book provides an account of the vigorous survival of an Islamic community in the strife-torn borderlands of the lower Mekong delta and its creative accommodation to the modernising reforms of the Vietnamese government. Officially regarded as one of Vietnam’s national minority groups, the multilingual Cham are part of a cosmopolitan, transnational community, and as traders, pilgrims and labour migrants are found throughout mainland Southeast Asia and beyond. Drawing on local and extra-local networks developed during a long history that includes many migrations, the Cham counter their political and economic marginalisation in modern Vietnam by a strategic use of place and mobility, with Islam serving as a unifying focus.

This highly readable ethnographic study describes the settlement history and origin narratives of the Cham Muslims of the Mekong delta, and explains their religious practices, material life and relationship with the state in Vietnam and Cambodia. It offers original insights into religious and ethnic differentiation in the Mekong delta that will enrich comparative study of culturally pluralist societies, and contributes significantly to the study of Islam, cosmopolitanism, trade, rural development and resistance and the Malay diaspora.

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Cham Nationals Overseas: Emigration, Resettlement, and Adjustment to the Host Countries

Urania Antypa.

Proceedings of the Seminar on Champa 1994

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Situated in the center of what is now Vietnam, Champa reached the zenith of its civilization between the sixth and eleventh centuries. But beginning in the tenth century, it underwent the pressure of the Vietnamese which intended to march southward and was to erase the name of Champa from the map of the region. Continue reading

Cham folk culture with Ninh Thuan tourism’s development nowadays

Sakaya

downloadFacing new oportunities and challenges of tourist wave, with the country to push up nonsmoke industry, develop economy- culture- society, what Ninh Thuan province has done to develop its tourist potential? NT‘s tourist potential is not only Kate festival but also cultural tourist, wonderful natural beauty with sunny beaches, mountains, tower vestiges and special Cham culture treasure is really a potential to develop Ninh Thuan tourism. Continue reading