The genealogy of the Hadhrami Arabs in Southeast Asia – the ‘Alawi family

ALJUNIED, S. Zahra (2013) The genealogy of the Hadhrami Arabs in Southeast Asia – the ‘Alawi family. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2013 - Singapore - Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities in Session 220 - Genealogy and Local History.

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Abstract

The genealogy of the Hadhrami Arabs in Southeast Asia – the ‘Alawi family

Genealogy is an important aspect in the life of individuals from the family group called ‘Alawi of Ba ‘Alawi, whose first descendant hailed from the region of Hadhramaut, at the southern coast of Arabia, in present-day Yemen. The author is from this group of Arabs who are strict in keeping their genealogy and family trees. Living in Southeast Asia, members of the ‘Alawi family are part of the well-researched Hadhrami diaspora, where genealogical texts and activities evolved side by side. One major factor that brings about this strictness in keeping their genealogy is because the group can trace their ancestry to the prophet of Islam, Prophet Muhammad and from there the genealogical lineage was established to the first human being, Prophet Adam. However in the course of the Hadhrami diaspora there are multiple other factors which contributed to this keeping of the genealogy that had become structured and institutionalised. The first part of the paper will attempt to trace the effects of the diaspora in this respect, while the second part of the paper will cover the author’s personal journey in tracing her roots amidst this long history of migration.

東南亞阿拉伯哈德拉毛族之族譜──阿拉維家族

對「阿拉維」家族(Alawi of Ba ‘Alawi)來說,族譜在每個家族成員的日常生活中佔了重要的角色;該家族的第一代來自哈德拉毛(Hadhramaut)地區,就是阿拉伯半島南岸,今日的葉門一帶。作者也是此阿拉伯家族的一員;此家族在記錄族譜和家譜樹方面很嚴謹。 「阿拉維」家族定居東南亞,屬於哈德拉毛族;關於此族群的研究不勝枚舉,而族譜和此族群的活動密切相關。此族群之所以如此嚴謹保存族譜的主要原因之一,是因為他們可追溯家族起源至伊斯蘭教的先知穆罕默德,並從穆罕默德追溯到人類中的第一人,先知亞當。 不過,在哈德拉毛族遷徙的過程中,還有其他因素促成了今日制度化、組織化的族譜保存。本文第一部分會探討此族群對族譜保存的影響,第二部分則會說明作者個人在此漫長的遷徙過程中,追本溯源的經歷。

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