Mathematical practices of the Indian Ocean world in coastal Islamic communities of the Coromandel and Malabar, south India (EAP1457)

Aims and objectives

Trade and faith-based diasporas of Arab Muslims have spawned tremendous amount of literature in Arabic, Persian, Arabi-Malayalam and Arabi-Tamil as part of the Indian ocean maritime history. Theological texts, texts in Islamic sciences and anti-colonial dossiers in paper, printed manuals, marriage registers, textbooks which are products of teaching learning and cultural practices, craft and artisanal knowledge produced at the encounter of Arabic-Persian world with the Indian coastal communities. The project attempts to digitally preserve materials concerning mathematical, scientific, cultural and educational practices of the Islamic communities in the port cities of Coromandel and Malabar coasts in southern India.