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FAHAD AHMAD BISHARA (University of Virginia)

Rewriting the Bazaar: Vernacular Histories of Capitalism

in the Indian Ocean World


26 April 2022 | 3pm GMT

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This talk thinks through the question of what it would mean to write a history of capitalism from the bazaars of the Western Indian Ocean. It looks at the ephemera of the maritime bazaar –  contracts, account ledgers, letters, and receipts – but also more durable forms of writing like fatwas, manuals, and logbooks to explore the different forms of thinking and practice that animated exchange across the maritime marketplace.

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Fahad Ahmad Bishara is Associate Professor of History and Rouhollah Ramazani Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and of a number of articles on the legal and economic history of the Indian Ocean world.

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