Connectivity in Motion

Island Hubs in the Indian Ocean World

  • Burkhard Schnepel
  • Edward A. Alpers

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Themes

  3. Case Studies: Swahili Coast, Zanzibar and the Comoros

  4. Case Studies: Mid-Ocean Archipelagos

  5. Case Studies: South and Southeast Asia

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 447-452

About this book


This original collection brings islands to the fore in a growing body of scholarship on the Indian Ocean, examining them as hubs or points of convergence and divergence in a world of maritime movements and exchanges. Straddling history and anthropology and grounded in the framework of connectivity, the book tackles central themes such as smallness, translocality, and “the island factor.” It moves to the farthest reaches of the region, with a rich variety of case studies on the Swahili-Comorian world, the Maldives, Indonesia, and more. With remarkable breadth and cohesion, these essays capture the circulations of people, goods, rituals, sociocultural practices, and ideas that constitute the Indian Ocean world. Together, they take up “islandness” as an explicit empirical and methodological issue as few have done before.


Indian Ocean islands Indian Ocean world Comparative Ethnography Island Studies Indian Ocean history island hubs Western Indian Ocean history Connectivity the island factor pre-colonial Indian Ocean world history of maritime trade subnational island jurisdictions history of Kilwa trade Zanzibar consumer culture Comoros diaspora Chagos archipelago Big Men politics Maldives healthcare Ambon spice trade

Editors and affiliations

  • Burkhard Schnepel
    • 1
  • Edward A. Alpers
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Social and Cultural AnthropologyMartin Luther University of Halle-WittenbergHalleGermany
  2. 2.Department of HistoryUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59724-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-59725-6
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