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Historian Omar H Ali talks about African origin leaders and shapers of medieval India on Episode 85 of BIC Talks.
Africa and India have a rich history of interaction ranging several millennia, with African origin sailors, merchants, soldiers, scholars, musicians, and explorers finding home in India or contributing significantly to Indian history.
Perhaps the greatest among them was Malik Ambar, born in Abyssinia, arriving in India as a slave, and rising to power as the Prime Minister and de-facto ruler of the Ahmednagar Sultanate early in the 17th century.
Omar H. Ali is Dean of Lloyd International Honors College and Professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He is an award-winning historian of the global African Diaspora and the author of several books.
This BIC Talks episode is an edited excerpt of Omar’s talk that was originally livecast on BIC Streams on December 11, 2020.
Do read Omar’s books on the subject:
- Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery Across the Indian Ocean (The World in a Life Series, Oxford University Press, 2016)
- Islam in the Indian Ocean World: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History and Culture, 2016)
Omar H Ali
Omar H. Ali is Dean of Lloyd International Honors College and an award-winning historian of the global African Diaspora. The author of several books, including Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery Across the Indian Ocean and Islam in the Indian Ocean World, he most recently co-edited Afro-South Asia in the Global African Diaspora. A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, he received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University.