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Title:Social and Cultural Integration: A case study of the East African Hadramis
Author:Guennec-Coppens, F.l.
Geographic term:Kenya
Discipline:Anthropology & Ethnology
Subjects:Arab - ethnic group
Abstract:Even though they are of mixed blood and often integrated with local groups that constitute Swahili society, the Hadramis represent a considerable portion of the 'Arabs' who have come from the southern Arabian peninsula to settle along the East African shore. Two factors have contributed to the social and cultural process of integration of the Hadramis since the 19th century: the social origin of these migrants, and the character of the different host communities, particularly those of Kenya and the Comoro Islands. In Kenya, the Hadramis were the object of a degree of segregation on the part of the dominant groups. Even today the Hadramis still constitute a definite social category, although their way of life has become standardized and has adapted to the local conditions. In contrast with Kenya, the Hadramis were warmly welcomed on the Comoro Islands and even benefited from an enormous prestige. Today they have completely intermingled with the Comoros community. (Source: ASC Documentation).