Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

1 - Sarandib, Lanka, Ceylon: Banishment and Belonging

Friday, March 23
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Maryland Suite B, Lobby Level

The small, Indian Ocean island known as Sarandib, Lanka, and Ceylon has figured as an important site of banishment in different periods and different literary and religious traditions. This talk takes as its starting point the history of the Sri Lankan Malays, a community descended from 18th century royal exiles from across the Indonesian archipelago, soldiers in colonial armies, servants, convicts, and others sent to Dutch and British Ceylon, to consider if and how earlier traditions of banishment mattered to the Malays’ images of, and sense of belonging  to the island. In particular, the talk explores the Islamic tradition that views the island, which the Arabs called Sarandib, as the site of Adam’s Fall from Paradise to earth, and the ways that ancient story of paradigmatic banishment helped frame, and give meaning to, the Malays’ experience of exile in the colonial period.

Ronit Ricci

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Not Applicable, Israel

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