Reading the life narratives and literary texts of South Asians
writing in and about East Africa, Gaurav Desai builds a new history
of Africa's encounter with slavery, colonialism, migration,
nationalism, development, and globalization. Rather than approach
literature and culture from a nation-centered perspective, Desai
connects the medieval trade routes of the Islamicate empire, the
early independence movements galvanized in part by Gandhi's
southern African experiences, the invention of new ethnic
nationalisms, and the rise of plural, multiethnic nations to the
fertile exchange taking place across the Indian Ocean.
Subjects: Language & Literature, History
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