01 November, 2012

Site of Note: Hadhrami Diaspora

Hadhrami Diaspora
Hadhramaut is an ethnic entity and a culture so ancient that all the world's main religious books mention it. Among the Arabs, no others have migrated to other parts of the world in such large numbers as the Hadharem. And, in the last one-hundred-years, no other Arabs have spread Islam and affected and influenced other people's cultures as intensively and extensively as the Hadhramis. As traders and as missionaries they migrated. Most, due to economic and political hardship in Hadhramaut - migrated. Most never returned. Wherever they settled, most married converted native, indigenous women. They adapted to these places and flourished, but at the same time they never failed to maintain the Hadhrami identity and culture. Always, wherever Hadhramis are, they maintained a deep sense of identity with Hadhramaut and its distinct culture, traditions and customs.

It is mainly with these millions of Hadharem in mind who live outside Hadhramawt, most of whom in Southern and South East Asia, Eastern Africa and the Arabian Peninsular - that the Hadhrami Diaspora addresses and is for. As the founder of the website, states: The website is mainly a platform that we have amongst Hadhramis in the diaspora.It is transparent and aims to brainstorm all our compatriots on issues that affect us all whether in the diaspora or in the homeland. Since its being launched last year, that's what the site has striven to do. Some consider it racist or divisive whenever any one raises the concerns of the people of Hadhramout. Quote: “Hadhramaut is not a racist or ethnic entity but an identity and culture”.  Without different, varying ethnic groups and cultures and identities, where would humanity be?

I may also add these quotes: Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love, and of thought, which, in the coarse or centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved. ~ Andre Malraux; the Hadharem, in the Homeland or out of it, have never allowed themselves to be enslaved due to their very strong culture. I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any. ~ Mahatma Gandhi; Hadhramis, wherever they migrated to, intermarried with indigenous people there - adapting to those people's cultures and customs, and they have also accepted and assimilated some of other people's customs and traditions - but at the same refused to be blown off their feet by any and very strongly maintained their Hadhrami identity.  A culture is made -- or destroyed -- by its articulate voices. ~ Ayn Rand. For the Hadhrami culture, the Hadhrami Diaspora is one of these 'articulate voices'.