10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR
Innovation Hall 131
Section Information for Fall 2021
The Indian Ocean constitutes the world's oldest cultural continuum, uniting communities in locations as far flung as Zanzibar and Oman, Madagascar and Borneo, Goa and Mozambique. More than fifteen centuries before Europeans first crossed the Atlantic, sailors, merchants, and migrants traveled across the Indian Ocean, sharing languages, culinary practices, and religious beliefs. This contact, however, was not always egalitarian and peaceful. Millions of people were enslaved and forcibly transported across the ocean. Pirate attacks have plagued the merchants of the ocean since at least the tenth century CE. In this class, we will examine how these different threads, of exchange and violence, have brought populations living on the shores of the ocean together for over two millennia. Students will read a variety of primary and secondary sources, as well as a novel, in order to understand the power that the Indian Ocean has played on peoples’ lives and histories.
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