Old and Emerging Cosmopolitan Traditions at the Malabar Coast of South India: A Study with Muslim Students in Kozhikode, Kerala

  • Barbara Riedel


This chapter contributes to the contemporary discourse on cosmopolitanism with historical and empirical material from Kozhikode (Calicut), a city on the Malabar Coast of South India. It presents Kozhikode city and district as a classical region of this world where goods have been exchanged and international cultures, ideas and religions have met, interacted, clashed and melted throughout the centuries until today. Along with other communities, the Mappila Muslims of Kerala played a crucial role in the cosmopolitan past of this region. Nowadays we can observe a new kind of cosmopolitanism emerging from this region, also among the Mappila Muslims. Based on fieldwork with Muslim students of the Malabar Christian College in Kozhikode (Calicut) and with their families, the chapter makes an attempt to outline this new, locally rooted cosmopolitanism. The chapter closes with some reflections on contextualized cosmopolitanism, that is, ‘cosmopolitanism at work’ as we can observe it on the Malabar Coast


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  • Barbara Riedel
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  1. 1.Institute of SociologyAlbert-Ludwigs-University of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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