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M.H. Ilias

Malayalee Associations in the Gulf: Pushing Boundaries of Political Imagination

[Workers wait for the bus to go back to their camps at a construction site in Dubai. Image by Kamran Jebreili/AP Photo.]

The migration of Keralites to the Arab Gulf region has generated various forms of translocal political moorings in the host countries. They are translocal in the sense that they are impacted by even the minutest currents within the political intricacies and specificities of Kerala politics, yet are increasingly identified and consumed by the migrants from Kerala—popularly known as Malayalees—in the Gulf. This article elucidates the ways in which Kerala politics, as a ...

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M.H. Ilias


M.H.Ilias is Associate Professor and coordinator of the Gulf Studies programme, India Arab Cultural Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Ilias completed his doctoral research in Middle Eastern Studies form the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. His current research addresses a range of issues relating to society and culture in the Arab Gulf countries. His published books include: India-West Asia Relations: Understanding Cultural Interplays (co-edited) Space Memory and Jewish National Identity, Society and Change in the contemporary Gulf (co-edited) and Arabs in India: Society, History and Culture (co-edited).