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Indian Ocean Studies Series

““The importance of this field of studies has finally been recognized: the new Indian Ocean Studies Series…represents a strong move towards new studies on people with no voice, of new inter- and intra-disciplinary reconstructions and interpretations of a still under-researched area.”—Canadian Journal of African Studies

The Indian Ocean, once largely ignored by scholars, is now the focus of research that is transforming our understanding of this oceanic world’s past and present and its place in global history.

This series offers established and younger scholars from anthropology, archeology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology the opportunity to publish conceptually and methodologically innovative studies on topics such as human migration, cultural and religious diversity, trade and commerce, imperialism and colonialism, and globalization.

By encouraging interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to social, economic, political, and cultural interactions within and beyond the Indian Ocean, both in the past and the present, the series’ monographs and edited collections make significant contributions to our understanding about the nature and dynamics of regional and pan-regional change.

Inquiries about manuscript proposals should be directed to the series editor, Richard B. Allen, at rallen1@framingham.edu.

Advisory Board Members

  • Edward A. Alpers, University of California, Los Angeles, Emeritus
  • Clare Anderson, University of Leicester
  • Sugata Bose, Harvard University
  • Ulbe Bosma, International Institute of Social History, Leiden
  • Janet Ewald, Duke University
  • Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology Sydney
  • Engseng Ho, Duke University
  • Isabel Hofmeyr, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Pier M. Larson, Johns Hopkins University
  • Om Prakash, University of Delhi (emeritus)
  • Himanshu Prabha Ray, National Monuments Authority, India
  • Kerry Ward, Rice University
  • Nigel Worden, University of Cape Town, Emeritus
  • Markus Vink, SUNY at Fredonia

Editors

Richard B. Allen
Framingham State University

Cover of 'Connecting Continents'

Connecting Continents
Archaeology and History in the Indian Ocean World
Edited by Krish Seetah

Connecting Continents addresses two issues: how to promote collaborative research, and how to shape the research agenda for a region only recently attracting serious interest from historical archaeologists exploring the dynamics of migration, colonization, and cultural syncretism central to understanding human experience in the Indian Ocean basin.

Archaeology · World History

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Feeding Globalization
Madagascar and the Provisioning Trade, 1600–1800
By Jane Hooper

Between 1600 and 1800, the promise of fresh food attracted more than seven hundred English, French, and Dutch vessels to Madagascar. Throughout this period, European ships spent months at sea in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, but until now scholars have not fully examined how crews were fed during these long voyages. Without sustenance from Madagascar, European traders would have struggled to transport silver to Asia and spices back to Europe.

World History · African History · Slavery and Slave Trade · Economic History · African Studies · Madagascar

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Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean
Islam, Marriage, and Sexuality on the Swahili Coast
Edited by Erin E. Stiles and Katrina Daly Thompson
· Afterword by Susan F. Hirsch

A breakthrough study of the underexamined lived experience of Islam, sexuality, and gender on the Swahili coast.

Gender Studies · Islam · Religion · African Studies · Swahili

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European Slave Trading in the Indian Ocean, 1500–1850
By Richard B. Allen

Between 1500 and 1850, European traders shipped hundreds of thousands of African, Indian, Malagasy, and Southeast Asian slaves to ports throughout the Indian Ocean world. The activities of the British, Dutch, French, and Portuguese traders who operated in the Indian Ocean demonstrate that European slave trading was not confined largely to the Atlantic but must now be viewed as a truly global phenomenon.

Slavery and Slave Trade · World History