Scholars in Gujarat’s Bazaars: Revisiting L’académie ambulante (“The Roving Academy”)

  • Sara Keller
  • Fernando Rosa
Part of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies book series (IOWS)


The sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries largely contributed to (re)building connections and to “de-compartmenting the worlds,” as French historian Pierre Chaunu insightfully put it. In European undertakings in India, there was exchange not only of merchandise, but also of information and knowledge. This chapter underlines the accelerating flow of knowledge between Europe and India from the fifteenth century onwards, the active role played by Gujarat’s bazaars in this process, and its consequences from the perspective of the “Oriental Renaissance” in the nineteenth century. Three case studies of scholars will stand as illustrative examples for Indian knowledge acquired in Gujarat and shared in Europe: Garcia da Orta, Georges Roques and Anquetil-Dupperon. Their work highlights the role played by Gujarat as a bazaar for scholars.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara Keller
    • 1
  • Fernando Rosa
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Center Orient et MéditerranéeParisFrance
  2. 2.Stellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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