Colloque : « Muslim Cultures in the Indian Ocean : Diversity and Pluralism. Past and Present », Londres, 12-14/09/2018
Colloque Aga Khan University : « Muslim Cultures in the Indian Ocean : Diversity and Pluralism. Past and Present »,
12- 14 Septembre 2018
Aga Khan University, Institute for the study of Muslim Civilisations
Aga Khan Centre
10, Handyside Street London NC1
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Indeed, over the past couple of decades, significant new research has been undertaken across East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian subcontinent leading to fresh insights on a number of facets of Indian Ocean cultures. Some of these studies were written about the Indian Ocean on the longue durée and other studies were focused on local and regional histories. Cultural encounters across the Indian Ocean down the centuries have given rise to cities, towns, ports and other constructions and artefacts which, while remaining distinctive in themselves, also exhibit layers of shared features. They manifest the craftsmanship and values of their creators, peoples whose diversity is almost proverbial. Similar endeavours are present in almost all aspects of human creativity through contact, including religious beliefs and practices, literature, architecture, trade, cuisine, textiles and fashion, etc. Cultural contacts, exchanges and networks were facilitated by the sea as a link between these diverse worlds. Like the Mediterranean – so well studied by Fernand Braudel – the Indian Ocean is a rich contact zone that is central to the understanding of cultural diversity in this vast region.