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The Rahmani of M.P. Kunhikunhi Malmi of Kavaratti: A Sailing Manual of Lakshadweep

Lotika Varadarajan (Editor)
Synopsis The Rahmani of Kunhikunhi Malmi is the first Indian rutter to be published. It is a late document but it combines many different traditions and is a many layered document. They study of the original text in English translation by an interdisciplinary team serves to bring out into sharper focus the Arab as well as pre-Islamic Indian inputs into the creation of a multi faceted maritime tradition. While it is possible to trace continuity with classical Indian astronomy, the document also shows the creative manner by which traditional usages could absorb western methodologies and techniques thereby adverting disjunction. The book will appeal not only to historians, anthropologists, ethnologists and sociologists but also to the discerning lay person. The Kunhikunhi Malmi document thus, not only highlights the importance of oral tradition but also provides a glimpse of the richness of the data encapsulated in the sailing traditions of Lakshadweep.
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About the author

Lotika Varadarajan

Lotika Varadarajan spent her early years in the Northeast, India and pursued her higher studies at the Universities fo Delhi and Bombay, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and University of Cambridge, UK. Her recent publications include Sewn Boats of Lakshadweep, The Rahmani of Kunhikunhi Malmi of Kavaratti: A Sailing Manual of Lakshadweep and Tradition and Transmission: Current Trends in French Ethnology, the last being jointly edited with the French anthropologist, Denis Chevallier. She is member of the International Committee of the ongoing series of International Seminars on Indo-Portuguese History. She is also aAssociate Member, Academia de Marinha, Section of Maritime History, Lisbon.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Rahmani of M.P. Kunhikunhi Malmi of Kavaratti: A Sailing Manual of Lakshadweep
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 817304287X
length xiv+284p., Maps; 24cm.