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Moravian College
Sociology and Anthropology

Akbar Keshodkar

Office: Comenius Hall 301
Phone: 610-861-1685


Ph.D., Oxford University

Teaching: I teach courses in Modern African History and Society, Anthropology, Sociology and Indian Ocean Studies.  Topics of my courses include identity politics, movement of identities, tourism and development, trans-nationalism, comparative sociology, globalization.

Current Research: My research interests lie in examining the impact of socio-economic processes associated with globalization and modernization on formulations of Muslim identities and heritage in sub-Saharan Africa and western Indian Ocean societies.  I am currently working on two projects – one focused on exploring questions of cosmopolitanism across the Indian Ocean and the other analyzing the relationship between tourism, development and cultural change in Dubai, UAE.

Selected Publications


  • Tourism and Social Change in Post-Socialist Zanzibar:  Struggles for Identity, Movement, and Civilization. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2013.

Journal Articles and Chapters:

  • “Local Consequences for Global Recognition:  The “Value” of World Heritage Status for Zanzibar Stone Town,” in Mike Robinson et al. (eds). World Heritage, Tourism and Identity. London: Ashgate (Forthcoming).
  • “The Price of Branding: Tourism and the Elusive Search for “Culture” in Dubai, UAE,” in Andy Spiess, Faisal Al-Mubarak, and Alan Weber (eds.) Tourism Development in the GCC States: Reconciling Economic Growth, Conservation and Sustainable Development. New York: Springer (Forthcoming).
  • “Who Needs China When You Have Dubai? The Role of Networks and Engagement of Zanzibaris in Transnational Indian Ocean Trade,” Journal of Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development, 43 (1,2,3): 105-142, 2014.
  • “Contesting ‘Purity’ and Zones of Inclusion and Exclusion among the Gujarati in Contemporary Zanzibar,” in Sharmina Mawani and Anjoom Mukadam (eds.). Globalisation, Diaspora and Belonging: Exploring Transnationalism and Gujarati Identity. New Delhi: Rawat, pp. 169-189, 2014. 
  • “The Politics of World Heritage Tourism:  The Dilapidation of Zanzibar Stone Town,” in Laurent Bourdeau et al. (eds). World Heritage and Tourism: Managing for the Global and the Local. Quebec City: University of Laval Press, 2011.
  • “Marriage as the Means to Preserve “Asian-ness”:  The Post-Revolutionary Experience of the Asians of Zanzibar,” inJournal of Asian and African Studies, 45 (2):  226-240, 2010.
  • “The Impact of Tourism in Re-constituting Genealogies and Kinship Relations in Zanzibar,” Encounters, 1 (fall): 203-229.  Reprint – Second Edition 1 (fall): 215-243, 2009
  • “The Politics of Localization: Controlling Movement in the Field”, in Anthropology Matters, Vol. 6 (2), 2004.