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Title:Africa in Indian ink: Urdu articulations of Indian settlement in East Africa
Author:Green, NileISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 0021-8537)
Volume:53
Issue:2
Pages:131-150
Language:English
Geographic term:East Africa
Subjects:Indians
colonists
imperialism
Islam
attitudes
Urdu language
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853712000230
Abstract:This article examines an Urdu travelogue written in 1901 to analyse the discursive frameworks by which Africa was rendered knowable to Indian settlers. As a vernacular ethnography written for a readership of Punjabi migrants associated with the Uganda Railway, the travelogue provides the earliest direct evidence of colonial Indian attitudes towards the peoples and landscapes of East Africa. Envisioning the region as at once an imperial and Islamic settlement zone, the travelogue documents the emergence of an 'imperial-Islamicate' discourse that incorporated both littoral and interior East Africa into an industrializing oceanic culture area. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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