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Nile Green


New Texts Out Now: Nile Green, Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West Indian Ocean, 1840-1915

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Nile Green, Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West Indian Ocean, 1840-1915. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. [Co-winner of the 2011 Albert Hourani Book Award] Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Nile Green: It took me some time to realize the importance of Bombay to Muslims from all around the Indian Ocean, but after so many textual trails led me there, I realized I had to write a book about Bombay and its steam-spun web of ...

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Nile Green


Nile Green is Professor of History at the University of California Los Angeles. His research interests include the forms of Islam which evolved among the tribal societies of early modern Afghans, the intersection of religion and colonial service among the Muslim soldiers of the British Empire, and the emergence of an industrialized religious economy in the nineteenth century Indian Ocean. Green serves as chair of the UCLA Program on Central Asia and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. His publications include Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West India Ocean, 1840-1915 (Cambridge University Press, 2011); Islam and the Army of Colonial India: Sepoy Religion in the Service of Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2009); and Indian Sufism since the Seventeenth Century: Saints, Books and Empires in the Muslim Deccan (Routledge, 2006). Green's forthcoming book is entitled Making Space: Sufis and Settlers in Early Modern India (Oxford University Press). Click here for a more comprehensive bio, including a complete list of publications.