The Hindu Community in Muscat: Creating Homes in the Diaspora

Sandhya Rao Mehta*, James Onley

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article looks at Muscat's Hindu community, part of the city's wider Indian society. It examines the diasporic home-making history, practices, and strategies that have created distinctly Hindu and Indian spaces in an Arab environment. It maps the community's demographics and human geography, presents a case study of the Khimji Ramdas family, considers the community's “permanent impermanence”, and assesses the challenges posed to the community by the kafāla (sponsorship) system and other government restrictions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-183
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Arabian Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 3 2015


  • Hindu
  • Indian
  • Mattrah
  • Muscat
  • Oman
  • community
  • diaspora
  • home
  • human geography
  • kafala system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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