The academic study of the Indian Ocean region has seen extraordinary growth in recent years. Both Palgrave Macmillan and Ohio University Press now have book series dedicated to the study of the region. There is also the Journal of the Indian Ocean Rim Studies, published at the University of Mauritius; the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, published in Australia by the Indian Ocean Research Group; and the Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies, published by McGill University's Indian Ocean World Centre. Monographs dedicated to the subject have grown apace with these institutional bases, pointing to the maturity of a field that had long lagged the study of comparable regions, such as the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds.

Yet it took time for the study of the Indian Ocean region to break free from the Eurocentric model epitomized by K. M. Panikkar, who in 1953 advanced the thesis...

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