Sumit Mandal

Sumit Mandal is a historian at the University of Nottingham Malaysia whose research concerns the outcome of inter-cultural and inter-religious interaction in the Malay world, understood as a flexible and expansive cultural geography. He is currently working on Muslim shrines (keramat) as the built archives of transregional interactions across the Indian Ocean. This project is titled “Saints of the Southern Indian Ocean: Sacred Geographies, Popular Faith Practices, and the Politics of Islam from Jakarta to Cape Town.” His book Becoming Arab: Creole Histories and Modern Identity in the Malay World was published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press.