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Commerce with the Universe: Africa, India, and the Afrasian Imagination

Gaurav Desai


This book provides an alternative history of Africa's experience with slavery, migration, colonialism, nationalism, and globalization. It draws on the life narratives and literary texts of South Asians writing in and about East Africa. In this way it broadens the scope of African and South Asian scholarship and provides a nuanced understanding of the Indian Ocean's fertile routes of exchange. It shows how the Indian Ocean engendered a number of syncretic identities and helped shape the medieval trade routes of the Islamicate empire, the early African independence movements (galvanized in part ... More

Keywords: East Africa, slavery, migration, colonialism, nationalism, globalization, Islamicate empire, postcolonial nations, Indian Ocean

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231164542
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164542.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gaurav Desai, author
Tulane University