Dr. Omar Ali

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Date(s) - 09/12/2011
12:00 pm

DeTamble Auditorium


Dr. Omar Ali, Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina @ Greensboro, will deliver his talk entitled “The Swahili Coast as Part of the Indian Ocean African Diaspora.”  Professor Ali’s presentation will focus on the diasporic journeys of African men, women and children from the interior of the continent to the Swahili Coast, and on to places as distant as southern Iran, western India, and Sri Lanka.  He explores the conditions that led these Africans far from their homes and discusses the ways in which captives of war, mercenary soldiers, merchants, sailors, musicians, and concubines from the Swahil coast and interior regions of Africa shaped the cultures and histories of the wider Indian Ocean world