Uncovering the History of Africans in Asia

The presence of Africans in Asia has been overshadowed by the tragedy of Atlantic slavery. Identifying Africans in Asia therefore challenges contemporary scholarship. Within this context, the processes of assimilation and marginalisation hinder identification of African migrants. This book demonstrates the multiplicity of roles performed by Africans and the heights that a few of them reached, even in a single generation. Drawing on a variety of sources, both oral and documented, this book reveals the extent of the African presence in Asia.

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Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya, PhD Linguistics (University of Westminster) is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (University of London). An elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (Great Britain & Ireland), she is also associated with King’s College (University of London) and holds a MSc in Finance (University of London) and a BSc Honours in Economics (University of London). Among her publications are over eighty papers in peer-reviewed journals worldwide and four books including the volume co-edited with Professor Richard Pankhurst The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean (Africa World Press, New Jersey, 2003).

Jean-Pierre Angenot, PhD in African Linguistics (University of Leiden) and PhD in Romance Philology (University of Brussels). He is a Professor of Ethnolinguistics at the Federal University of Rondonia (Brazil). In 2003, he was the co-founder, with Dr Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya, of TADIA (The African Diaspora in Asia), an international academic programme associated with the UNESCO Slave Route project. He is the author of over one hundred and fifty publications.
".. the articles in this volume provide a useful entry point to a rapidly growing field of study" Andrea Major
University of Edinburgh, UK in Contemporary South Asia, Sept. 2009
Foreword by Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo

Chapter One General Introduction
Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya & Jean-Pierre Angenot

Chapter Two Identifying Africans in Asia: What’s in a Name?
Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya

Chapter Three The Afro-Asian Diaspora: Myth or Reality?
Gwyn Campbell

Chapter Four The African Slave Trade to Asia and the Indian Ocean Islands
Robert O. Collins

Chapter Five The Makran-Baluch-African network in Zanzibar and East-Africa during the XIX Century
Beatrice Nicolini

Chapter Six Somali Migration to Yemen from the 19th to the 21st Centuries
Leila Ingrams & Richard Pankhurst

Chapter Seven Nineteenth Century European References to the African Diaspora in the Arabian Peninsula
Clifford Pereira

Chapter Eight Migrants and the Maldives: African Connections
Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya

Chapter Nine The African Native in Indiaspora
Jeanette Pinto

Chapter Ten Migrants and Mercenaries: Sri Lanka’s Hidden Africans
Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya

Extensive Bibliography on the Afro-Asian Diaspora
Jean-Pierre Angenot & Geralda de Lima Angenot

Notes on Contributors

Those interested in African and Asian history, the history of the slave trade and slavery, migration, diaspora studies, demography, development studies, subaltern, military history, colonisation and imperial studies, cross-continental commerce.