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Resisting Bondage in Indian Ocean Africa and Asia





ISBN 9780203968246
Published January 24, 2007 by Routledge
128 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This important collection of essays examines the history and impact of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery in the Indian Ocean World, a region stretching from Southern and Eastern Africa to the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and the Far East.

Slavery studies have traditionally concentrated on the Atlantic slave trade and slavery in the Americas. In comparison, the Indian Ocean World slave trade has been little explored, although it started some 3,500 years before the Atlantic slave trade and persists to the present day. This volume, which follows a collection of essays The Structure of Slavery in Indian Ocean Africa and Asia (Frank Cass, 2004), examines the various abolitionist impulses, indigenous and European, in the Indian Ocean World during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It assesses their efficacy within a context of a growing demand for labour resulting from an expanding international economy and European colonisation.

The essays show that in applying definitions of slavery derived from the American model, European agents in the region failed to detect or deliberately ignored other forms of slavery, and as a result the abolitionist impulse was only partly successful with the slave trade still continuing today in many parts of the Indian Ocean World.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Gwyn Campbell  2. Indian Ocean Slavery and its Demise in the Cape Colony Nigel Worden  3. The Bel Ombre Rebellion: Indian convicts in Mauritius, 1815-53 Clare Anderson  4. Abolition and its Aftermath in Madagascar, 1877-1949 Gwyn Campbell  5. Abolition and its Impact on the Benadir Coast Omar Eno  6. Slavery and the Slave Trade in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf States, 1920s-1960s Suzanne Miers  7. The "Shari'a and the Anti-Slave Trade "Farman" of 1848 in Iran Behnaz Mirzai  8. The Slave Trade and its Fallout in the Persian Gulf Abdul Sheriff, Advisor, Zanzibar Museums  9. Abolition by Denial? Slavery in South Asia after 1843 Indrani Chatterjee  10. Plantation Labour in the Brahmapura Valley: Regional enclaves in a colonial context, 1881-1921 Keya Dasgupta  11. Colonialism, Nationalism and the Meaning of Slavery: The genealogy of "an insult to the American government and to the Filipino people" Michael Salman  12. Islamic Attitudes towards the Abolition of the Slave Trade and Slavery in the Indian Ocean, c1800-c1940 W.G. Clarence Smith  13. The Emancipation of Slaves in the Indian Ocean Martin Klein

 

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Biography

Edward A. Alpers is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. Gwyn Campbell is Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History in the Department of History, McGill University, Canada. Michael Salman is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Reviews

"This volume can be productively read alone and provides an essential contribution to IOW [Indian Ocean World] slavery studies, comparative slavery, and world history." - Kerry Ward, Rice University USA in the Journal of Global History, vol.6/1