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Transregional Trade and TradersSituating Gujarat in the Indian Ocean from Early Times to 1900$
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Edward A. Alpers and Chhaya Goswami

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199490684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199490684.001.0001

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Migration and Creation of New Societies

Migration and Creation of New Societies

A Story from the Indian Ocean

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Transregional Trade and Traders

Abdul Sheriff

Oxford University Press

The general outline of Indian migration to East Africa is broadly understood, and there have been a number of detailed family histories of prominent people of Indian origin, which sometimes tend to freeze the image of Indians as a homogeneous and separate entity. The author decided to compile a history of his family which had lived in Zanzibar for five generations. He wanted to understand, within the context of much wider migrations and settlements across the Indian Ocean by all sorts of peoples, why and how they migrated, how they became not a ‘diaspora’ but an indigenized and part of a constantly evolving multicultural society, a perspective that is often lacking in the existing literature on the Indians overseas.

Keywords:   Migration, Zanzibar, Indians, diaspora, multi-cultural, Swahili

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