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Title : Bridging the Gulf: Maritime Cultural Heritage of the Western Indian Ocean
Author : Himanshu Prabha Ray
Edition : HardBack
ISBN : 9789350981436
Pages : 226
Year of Pub : 2016
Price : Rs 1,895.00
The volume presents papers by archaeologists, anthropologists, historians and heritage specialists and highlights the multi-layered meaning of maritime cultural landscapes. The authors shift the emphasis from understanding heritage in its local context to discussing it across the waters of the Arabian Sea. The relationship between the sea and the land underlines the centrality of the coast; the communities who inhabited the space between the ocean and the hinterland; their histories and attempts at constructing their cultural environment. An important component of this cultural landscape is monumental archi­tecture and archaeological sites, as also their inter-linkage with travelling groups who moved both across the sea, as well as on routes into the interior.
A common concern that all the papers share is with definitions of maritime heritage; different articulations of social and political power; and regional and local nautical traditions. One of the objectives of this volume is to underscore the important role of World Heritage, especially sites and monuments located along the coasts that have already been identified as national treasures by individual Nation States. The objective is to bring these coastal monuments and structures into dialogue with those located across the Ocean for a holistic understanding of maritime cultural heritage of the western Indian Ocean.
Himanshu Prabha Ray is Honorary Professor, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich and Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Oxford. She was the first Chairperson of the National Monuments Authority, Ministry of Culture, New Delhi from 2012 to 2015 and as Professor has taught at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi until 2012.


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