Indian Ocean World

Indian Ocean World

episodes

Interviews with scholars of the Indian Ocean World about their new books.

Sudev Sheth, "Bankrolling Empire: Family Fortunes and Political Transformation in Mughal India" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

June 13, 2024

Bankrolling Empire

Sudev Sheth
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

Running and securing an empire can get expensive–especially one known for its opulence, like the Mughal Empire, which conquered much of northern India…

Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil, "The Gulf Migrant Archives in Kerala: Reading Borders and Belonging" (Oxford UP, 2024)

May 1, 2024

The Gulf Migrant Archives in Kerala

Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil
Hosted by Khadeeja Amenda

The Indian state of Kerala is one of the largest blocs of migrants in the oil economies of the Arab Gulf. Looking closely at the cultural archives p…

Sudev Sheth, "Bankrolling Empire: Family Fortunes and Political Transformation in Mughal India" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

April 24, 2024

Bankrolling Empire

Sudev Sheth
Hosted by Arighna Gupta

In this colorful book, historian Sudev Sheth traces how a family of diamond dealers deployed wealth to play off political leaders and survive the coll…

Sanjay Subrahmanyam, "Across the Green Sea: Histories from the Western Indian Ocean, 1440-1640" (U Texas Press, 2024)

March 26, 2024

Across the Green Sea

Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Across the Green Sea: Histories from the Western Indian Ocean, 1440-1640 (University of Texas Press, 2024) by Dr. Sanjay Subrahmanyam presents a histo…

Knut A. Jacobsen, "The Oxford History of Hinduism: Hindu Diasporas" (Oxford UP, 2023)

February 22, 2024

The Oxford History of Hinduism

Knut A. Jacobsen
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

Knut A. Jacobsen's edited volume The Oxford History of Hinduism: Hindu Diaspora (Oxford UP, 2023) presents the histories and religious traditions of H…

Karen C. Pinto, "Medieval Islamic Maps: An Exploration" (U Chicago Press, 2016)

January 16, 2024

Medieval Islamic Maps

Karen C. Pinto
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

The history of Islamic mapping is one of the new frontiers in the history of cartography. Medieval Islamic Maps: An Exploration (University of Chicago…

Rishad Choudhury, "Hajj Across Empires: Pilgrimage and Political Culture After the Mughals, 1739-1857" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

January 14, 2024

Hajj Across Empires

Rishad Choudhury
Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi

In Hajj Across Empires: Pilgrimage and Political Culture After the Mughals, 1739-1857 (Cambridge UP, 2023), Rishad Choudhury presents a new history of…

Adam Mestyan, "Modern Arab Kingship: Remaking the Ottoman Political Order in the Interwar Middle East" (Princeton UP, 2023)

January 1, 2024

Modern Arab Kingship

Adam Mestyan
Hosted by Vladislav Lilic

In Modern Arab Kingship: Remaking the Ottoman Political Order in the Interwar Middle East (Princeton University Press, 2023), Adam Mestyan (Duke Unive…

David S. Powers and Eric Tagliacozzo, "Islamic Ecumene: Comparing Muslim Societies" (Cornell UP, 2023)

December 16, 2023

Islamic Ecumene

David S. Powers and Eric Tagliacozzo
Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi

The essays in Islamic Ecumene: Comparing Muslim Societies (Cornell UP, 2023) address the ways in which Muslims from Morocco to Indonesia and from sub-…

Abdul Galil Shaif, "South Yemen: Gateway to the World?" (Authorhouse UK, 2022)

December 12, 2023

South Yemen

Abdul Galil Shaif
Hosted by Drora Arussy

Abdul Galil Shaif's book South Yemen: Gateway to the World? (Authorhouse UK, 2022) tells the story of South Yemen. The book traces the history of the …

Xavier Luffin, "Another Look at Congolese History: Arabic and Swahili Documents in the Belgian Archives" (Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer, 2020)

December 9, 2023

Another Look at Congolese History

Xavier Luffin
Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi

Another Look at Congolese History: Arabic and Swahili Documents in the Belgian Archives (Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer, 2020), edited by Xa…

Fae Dussart, "In the Service of Empire: Domestic Service and Mastery in Metropole and Colony" (Bloomsbury, 2022)

December 7, 2023

In the Service of Empire

Fae Dussart
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Despite recent research, the 19th-century history of domestic service in empire and its wider implications is underexplored. In the Service of Empire:…

Nur Sobers-Khan et al., "Beyond Colonial Rupture: Print Culture and the Emergence of Muslim Modernity in Nineteenth-Century South Asia" (2023)

December 4, 2023

Beyond Colonial Rupture

Nur Sobers-Khan, Layli Uddin, and Priyanka Basu
Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi

Scholarly discussions on Islam in print have focused predominantly on the role of Urdu in the development of North Indian Muslim publics (Dubrow, 2018…

Sayan Dey, "Performing Memories and Weaving Archives: Creolized Cultures across the Indian Ocean" (Anthem Press, 2023)

November 27, 2023

Performing Memories and Weaving Archives

Sayan Dey

Usually, discourses on the planetary evolution and the movements of slaves remain restricted within the narratives and scholarships of the Trans-Atlan…

Nader Kadhem, "Africanism: Blacks in the Medieval Arab Imaginary" (McGill-Queen's UP, 2023)

November 25, 2023

Africanism

Nader Kadhem
Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi

Anti-blackness has until recently been a taboo topic within Arab society. This began to change when Nader Kadhem, a prominent Arab and Muslim thinker …

Jarmo T. Kotilaine, "Sustainable Prosperity in the Arab Gulf: From Miracle to Method" (Routledge, 2023)

November 22, 2023

Sustainable Prosperity in the Arab Gulf

Jarmo T. Kotilaine
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Tracing the development journey of the Arabian Gulf region with a forward-looking perspective, Sustainable Prosperity in the Arab Gulf: From Miracle t…

Laleh Khalili, "Corporeal Life of Seafaring" (MACK, 2023)

November 11, 2023

Corporeal Life of Seafaring

Laleh Khalili
Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi

The body of the seafarer is a fulcrum upon which global systems of power, longstanding maritime traditions, and gendered and racialised pressures all …

James White, "Persian and Arabic Literary Communities in the Seventeenth Century: Migrant Poets between Arabia, Iran and India" (Bloomsbury, 2023)

October 29, 2023

Persian and Arabic Literary Communities in the Seventeenth Century

James White
Hosted by Ahmed Almaazmi

A wealth of scholarship has highlighted how commercial, political and religious networks expanded across the Arabian Sea during the seventeenth centur…

Boyd Cothran and Adrian Shubert, "The Edwin Fox: How an Ordinary Sailing Ship Connected the World in the Age of Globalization, 1850-1914" (UNC Press, 2024)

October 2, 2023

The Edwin Fox

Boyd Cothran and Adrian Shubert
Hosted by Miranda Melcher
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It began as a small, slow, and unadorned sailing vessel—in a word, ordinary. Later, it was a weary workhorse in the age of steam. But the story of the…

Seema Alavi, "Sovereigns of the Sea: Omani Ambition in the Age of Empire" (India Allen Lane, 2023)

September 28, 2023

Sovereigns of the Sea

Seema Alavi
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon
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It’s one of the strange artifacts of history that Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, was once controlled by the Sultanate of Oman. In 1832, then Sul…