Memories and Narrations of “Nations” Past: Accounts of Early Migrants from Kerala in the Gulf in the Post-Oil Era

by M. H. Ilias

This research paper delves into the migration experiences of South Indian labourers in Gulf states during the late twentieth century.Using a “history from below” approach, Ilias draws from these migrants’ testimonies, highlighting their memories of travel and perceptions of the society and culture of their host states. Through his use of oral history, Ilias not only offers a voice to an otherwise unrepresented group of people in the traditional historiography of the Gulf region, but also provides alternative perspectives to the recorded accounts on the post-colonial transition of Gulf societies and state formation in the region.

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