Bibliography on Hinduism in Tanzania (and
by Karline McLain, Bucknell University
Bharati, Swami Agehananda. 1972. The Asians in East Africa. Chicago:
Markovits, Claude. 2000. The Global World of Indian Merchants,
1750-1947. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
[In terms of the Lohana community, many if not all of them are Sindhi
Hindus. This is the major work on Sindhi Hindus from a historical
perspective. Scott Levi has done additional work, but he focuses more on
Central Asia. Steven W. Ramey has also done a little bit of work on Sindhi
Hindus and the lived religious experiences available, specifically a
recent piece in Numen, but has not dealt with East Africa specifically.]
Savita Nair at Furman University has worked on migration issues of
Indians to East Africa from a historical perspective:
Nair, Savita. Forthcoming. “Shops and Stations: Negotiating Space and
Politics in Colonial Kenya” in John Hawley (ed.), Africa in India, India
in Africa (Indiana University Press)
Nair, Savita. 2003. “Diaspora: Africa” in Peter Claus and Margaret
Mills (eds.), South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia (Routledge).
Ramji, Payal B. 2007. “Negotiating Identities: Asian communities in
Tanzania.” MA Thesis: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
[Master’s thesis: the thesis as well as the bibliography could be
Salvadori, Cynthia. 1989. Through Open Doors: A View of Asian Cultures
in Kenya. Nairobi, Kenya: Kenway Publications.
[Though on Kenya rather than Tanzania, it has a wealth of information on
different groups and migration trajectories which might provide useful
background for comparison.]
Williams, Raymond Brady. 2001. An Introduction to Swaminarayan
Hinduism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
[The final chapter has a section on the history of that Hindu group in
Younger, Paul. Forthcoming chapter on “East African Hinduism” in a
volume on indentured societies.
Revised: November 04, 2007