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Researcher & Writer

Date & Time

Friday Fri, 11 Dec 2020


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Africans and their descendants have long migrated across the Indian Ocean world as sailors, merchants, soldiers, scholars, musicians, and explorers. Some of these Africans and their descendants rose to great positions of power and received much acclaim, becoming rulers, generals, viziers and regent ministers, as well as artists, clerics, and even saints. The lives of figures such as Malik Ambar, Begum Hazrat Mahal, and General Hoshu Mohammad Sheedi are among the many who illuminate Afro-South Asia as an integral part of the global African diaspora.

Historian Omar H Ali in conversation with Anirudh Kanisetti


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.

Anirudh Kanisetti

Researcher & Writer

Anirudh Kanisetti is a researcher and writer. His work straddles policy, geopolitics and history. He hosts Echoes of India and Yuddha, podcasts about Indian history, and is the author of an upcoming book on the medieval Deccan.