The Indian Ocean in World History

The Indian Ocean in World History

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The Indian Ocean remains the least studied of the world's geographic regions. Yet there have been major cultural exchanges across its waters and around its shores from the third millennium B.C.E. to the present day. Historian Edward A. Alpers explores the complex issues involved in cultural exchange in the Indian Ocean Rim region over the course of this long period of time by combining a historical approach with the insights of anthropology, art history, ethnomusicology, and geography. The Indian Ocean witnessed several significant diasporas during the past two millennia, including migrations of traders, indentured laborers, civil servants, sailors, and slaves throughout the entire basin. Persians and Arabs from the Gulf came to eastern Africa and Madagascar as traders and settlers, while Hadramis dispersed from south Yemen as traders and Muslim teachers to the Comoro Islands, Zanzibar, South India, and Indonesia. Southeast Asians migrated to Madagascar, and Chinese dispersed from Southeast Asiashow more

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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 160.02 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 20 illustrations, 7 maps
  • 0195165934
  • 9780195165937

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Alpers (emer., UCLA) marshals his formidable pedagogical and authorial skills to integrate a plethora of human experiences from Eastern Africa to the South China Sea over 7,000 years... A particularly rich emphasis on the role that Muslims from Arabia and South Asia played in competition with Chinese, Gujarati, and Iranun traders in Southeast Asia... This is a valuable initiation for students to Indian Ocean studies... Highly recommended. * CHOICE *show more

About Edward A. Alpers

Edward A. Alpers is Professor of History, UCLA. He is the author, The East African Slave Trade, Ivory and Slaves in East Central Africa, The African Diaspora: A Global Perspective; co-editor, Africa and the West. A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to more

Table of contents

Series Editors' Preface ; 1. Imagining the Indian Ocean ; 2. The Ancient Indian Ocean ; 3. Becoming an Islamic Sea ; 4. Intrusions and Transitions in the Early Modern Period ; 5. The Long Nineteenth Century ; 6. The Last Century ; Chronology ; Notes ; Further Reading ; Websites ; Indexshow more

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