Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies

Knowledge and the Indian Ocean

Intangible Networks of Western India and Beyond

Editors: Keller, Sara (Ed.)

  • Examines Western India and particularly Gujarat as a center of knowledge production and dissemination in the Indian Ocean world
  • Foregrounds the intangible exchanges that accompanied the vibrant commercial trade of Western India, focusing on the spread of culture and knowledge
  • Draws upon the disciplines of anthropology, agriculture, arts and crafts, botany, biology, palynology, demographics, medicine, philosophy and sociology
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This volume examines Western India’s contributions to the spread of ideas, beliefs and other intangible ties across the Indian Ocean world. The region, particularly Gujarat and Bombay, is well-established in the Indian imaginary and in scholarship as a mercantile hub. These essays move beyond this identity to examine the region as a dynamic place of learning and a host of knowledge, tracing the flow of knowledge, aesthetic sensibilities, values, memories and genetic programs. Contributors traverse the fields of history, anthropology, agriculture, botany, medicine, sociology and more to offer path-breaking perspectives on Western India’s deep socio-cultural impact across the centuries. Western India emerges as a pivotal region in the maritime world as a transmitter of knowledge.

About the authors

Sara Keller is a building archaeologist at the research center Orient et Méditerranée, France. 

Reviews

“This is a path-breaking collection of essays that brings alive the rich cultural, economic and political life of Western India over the centuries. More importantly, it informs us of the critical relevance this history has to our understanding of the world of the Western Indian Ocean that is predominantly framed within the story of Western capitalism and imperialism. A fascinating array of histories that will delight the historian as well as the casual reader.” (Seema Alavi, Professor of South Asian History, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India)“This volume is not just an addition to the existing and expanding scholarship on Gujarat and the Indian Ocean, but an innovative intervention that charts bold new conceptual trails. These bring out the vitality of Gujarat as a major actor in the configuration of the Indian Ocean World. The volume in more ways than one establishes beyond doubt the richness of emerging scholarship by academics and public historians.” (Lakshmi Subramanian, Professor of History, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, India)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Keller, Sara

    Pages 1-15

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  • Places We Can Go: Some Notes on Sea/Knowledge

    Bancroft, Sarah

    Pages 19-28

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  • Knowing the Sea: Thalassographies to Thalassology of the Indian Ocean (up to c. 1500 CE)

    Chakravarti, Ranabir

    Pages 29-46

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  • A Chinese Muse in the Caliph’s Court: The Influence of Chinese Ceramic Technology Across the Indian Ocean (Eighth to Fourteenth Century CE)

    Nanji, Rukshana

    Pages 47-64

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  • Ava: A Living Tradition of Reverence for Water Among the Zoroastrians

    Cama, Shernaz

    Pages 65-85

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 105,49 €
price for France (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-96838-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Knowledge and the Indian Ocean
Book Subtitle
Intangible Networks of Western India and Beyond
Editors
  • Sara Keller
Series Title
Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96839-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96839-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96838-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLI, 266
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
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