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Early Global Interconnectivity across the Indian Ocean World, Volume II

Exchange of Ideas, Religions, and Technologies

  • Angela Schottenhammer


  • Examines the role of Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic religious networks in the development of trade and commerce in the India Ocean World

  • Considers the historical Indian Ocean World as an emerging “global economy,” tracing close interrelationships between commercial exchanges, the spread of knowledge, human movement, and migration

  • Appeals to scholars of Indian Ocean studies, maritime history, the history of science and technology, the history of religion, archaeology, and historical geography


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Angela Schottenhammer
    Pages 1-13
  3. Religions in the Indian Ocean World

  4. Shipbuilding Technologies and Transportation

  5. Transfer of Knowledge and Technologies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 319-346

About this book


This volume investigates the emergence and spread of maritime commerce and interconnectivity across the Indian Ocean World—the world’s first “global economy”—from a longue durée perspective. Spanning from antiquity to the nineteenth century, these essays move beyond the usual focus on geographical sub-regions or thematic aspects to foreground inter- and trans-regional connections. Focusing on the role of religion in the expansion of commerce and exchange across the region, as well as on technology and knowledge transfer, volume II covers shipbuilding and navigation technologies, porcelain production, medicinal knowledge, and mules as a commodity and means of transportation.


Indian Ocean world exchange Religions of the Indian Ocean World Buddhism Maritime trade Maritime crossings Trade networks of the Indian Ocean World Vaisnavism Islam across the Indian Ocean Shipping in the Indian Ocean Early shipbuilding technology transfer of knowledge Indian ocean seafaring history of the global economy intra-Asian connections Islamization of Southeast Asia maritime archaeology Mongol Empire Chinese porcelain Arabic Medicine history of commodity chains

Editors and affiliations

  • Angela Schottenhammer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SalzburgSalzburgAustria

About the editors

Angela Schottenhammer is Professor of Non-European History at the University of Salzburg, Austria, and Research Director and Adjunct Professor at the Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill University, Canada.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Early Global Interconnectivity across the Indian Ocean World, Volume II
  • Book Subtitle Exchange of Ideas, Religions, and Technologies
  • Editors Angela Schottenhammer
  • Series Title Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-97800-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-97801-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 346
  • Number of Illustrations 20 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics World History, Global and Transnational History
    Asian History
    Cultural History
    History of Science
    History of Religion
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“This volume provides a timely reminder that the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific was an active zone for millennia. The scholarly essays brought together by Angela Schottenhammer testify that the historical Indo-(Western) Pacific needs to be much better understood than ever before in our world of shifting power centres.” (Wang Gungwu, University Professor, National University of Singapore)

“This second installment of Schottenhammer's Early Global Interconnectivity across the Indian Ocean World expands beyond trade and its diaspora. Across the long stretch from the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea, or West Asia to East Asia, the plot is thickened with wide-ranging studies on the intertwining of religion, trade and state through time. Essays on the circulation of shipbuilding techniques, ceramics and medicines, whether continuous or episodic, display the surprising and forgotten wealth of exchanges that constituted the lifeblood of this pioneering stage of global interconnectivity. Both volumes lay the challenge of early globalization squarely at the doorstep of Chinese history.” (Engseng Ho, Professor of Anthropology and History, Duke University, USA)