Anthropological Forum, 20 (2), July 2010

This bold, extremely necessary and clearly written book offers readers two things at once.  For academics interested in learning more about an understudied population in Vietnam, it offers a solid, in-depth ethnography of the Cham Muslims of the Mekong Delta, as well as an introduction to the specialised literature on the subject.

This bold, extremely necessary and clearly written book offers readers two things at once.  For academics interested in learning more about an understudied population in Vietnam, it offers a solid, in-depth ethnography of the Cham Muslims of the Mekong Delta, as well as an introduction to the specialised literature on the subject.

The book will be a welcome addition to the study of Cham Muslims, and to the developing literature on the multi-ethnic, religiously diverse regions of Vietnam’s south.  Its greatest impact, however, would surely come by making it required reading for anyone, Vietnamese or otherwise, involved in the purported development of the Mekong delta.

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