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Transregional Trade and TradersSituating Gujarat in the Indian Ocean from Early Times to 1900$
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Edward A. Alpers and Chhaya Goswami

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199490684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199490684.001.0001

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Gujarat and Long-Distance Trade in the Indian Ocean Region before the Sixteenth Century

Gujarat and Long-Distance Trade in the Indian Ocean Region before the Sixteenth Century

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(p.68) 3 Gujarat and Long-Distance Trade in the Indian Ocean Region before the Sixteenth Century
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Transregional Trade and Traders
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Philippe Beaujard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199490684.003.0004

Northwestern India, and particularly Gujarat, played a crucial role in the history of the ancient world by building connections with various Indian Ocean regions. These included the Persian Gulf, southern Arabia, the Red Sea, and the Horn of Africa on one side, and southern India, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia on the other. Gujarat benefited from its agricultural potential and acted as a hub for various areas. This explains both its own success and the constant efforts by regional powers to control it. This chapter attempts to demonstrate the ways in which Gujarat proved able to assert its power and gradually become a major actor in exchanges in and around the Indian Ocean: exchanges that have connections to religious networks and places.

Keywords:   World System, Gujarat, religious networks, transregional connect, resource employment

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