Knowledge and the Indian Ocean

Intangible Networks of Western India and Beyond

  • Sara Keller

Part of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies book series (IOWS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xli
  2. Sara Keller
    Pages 1-15
  3. Knowledge, Science and Techniques

  4. Skill, Migration and Identities

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 259-266

About this book


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.


Gujarat trade markets in the Indian Ocean maritime networks of Western India knowledge transfer African diaspora forced migration cross-oceanic connections Zoroastrian water management early knowledge transfer in the Indian Ocean Eastern Africa borderland history Western India Thalassology Chinese ceramics history of Islam Gujarat Ornamental Furniture East African Indian merchants Sufis in Gujarat Swahili language Shyamji Krishnavarma

Editors and affiliations

  • Sara Keller
    • 1
  1. 1.Orient et MéditerranéeParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96838-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96839-1
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