Indian Ocean History Course term paper

Indian Ocean History Course term paper
Reading Questions for Amitav Ghosh, In An Antique Land (London: Granta, 1992)
[Up to p. 105]
Q: Who are “the Slave of MS H.6” and Ben Yiju?
Q: What two times and/or historical periods does the narrative thread together?
Q: What gave Abu Ali power in his village? [hint: “passport to prosperity”]
Q: What’s in a name? What’s the history and significance of the names Egypt and Misr (or Masr)?
Q: What does it mean to say that Cairo (Masr) is a geographical “hinge”?
Q: How was Fustat’s appearance deceptive? [hint: adobe]
Q: Which competing allegiance or affiliation takes the wind out of Ustaz Mustafa’s zeal to convert the “Indian” to Islam?
Q: What in the world do the Mounties have to do with the Ben Ezra Synagogue?
Q: Is there an example of life continuing after death here? Whose life? How?
Q: What is a zikr?
Q: What is thar, damm?
Q: How does a simple water pump help the author’s reputation?
Q: How does the disposal of the Geniza records map onto the history of colonialism?
Reading Questions from p. 106 to the end
Q: How does the year 1952 impact the Egyptian peasantry?
Q: What does the question of male circumcision bring up for Ghosh? How does its symbolic value change with the nation-state?
Q: Who is Ashu and what is her relationship to Ben Yiju?
Q: What does it mean to be part of a historical civilization? What makes one feel that way?
Q: In perhaps the most poignant scene in the novel, the village Imam launches a
verbal assault on Ghosh. What are his charges? Why do you think he makes them?
Q: How does Ghosh react? How does he then make this a teaching moment (for readers) about global history in the Indian Ocean World?
Q: What is meant here: “We were both travelling, he and I: we were travelling in the West.” (236)
Q: On the trail of the slave of MS H.6 again, does Ghosh find out his name? How does he characterize medieval Indian Ocean slavery.
Q: What does he discover in the process of searching for the slave’s origins about the politics of India ca. 1990?
Q: Based on class discussions, what do you make of Ghosh’s account of the significance of Vasco da Gama’s arrival?
Q: What story of Indian Ocean migrations might new consumer goods in an Egyptian village tell?
Q: Ghosh’s attempt to visit a Jewish shrine in Egypt prompts this reflection: “I had been caught straddling a border, unaware that the writing of History had predicated its own self-fulfillment.” (340) What does he mean? What happened to provoke this thought?
General Questions for the Essay
What is the author trying to achieve by braiding medieval and modern, archival and auto-ethnographic threads in one book? What framework (of time-space-structure) is suitable for making sense of these disparate stories told together? Do the stories in fact illuminate a unity and how does it change over time?

Place your order
(550 words)

Approximate price: $22

Calculate the price of your order

550 words
We'll send you the first draft for approval by September 11, 2018 at 10:52 AM
Total price:
The price is based on these factors:
Academic level
Number of pages
Basic features
  • Free title page and bibliography
  • Unlimited revisions
  • Plagiarism-free guarantee
  • Money-back guarantee
  • 24/7 support
On-demand options
  • Writer’s samples
  • Part-by-part delivery
  • Overnight delivery
  • Copies of used sources
  • Expert Proofreading
Paper format
  • 275 words per page
  • 12 pt Arial/Times New Roman
  • Double line spacing
  • Any citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard)

Our guarantees

Delivering a high-quality product at a reasonable price is not enough anymore.
That’s why we have developed 5 beneficial guarantees that will make your experience with our service enjoyable, easy, and safe.

Money-back guarantee

You have to be 100% sure of the quality of your product to give a money-back guarantee. This describes us perfectly. Make sure that this guarantee is totally transparent.

Read more

Zero-plagiarism guarantee

Each paper is composed from scratch, according to your instructions. It is then checked by our plagiarism-detection software. There is no gap where plagiarism could squeeze in.

Read more

Free-revision policy

Thanks to our free revisions, there is no way for you to be unsatisfied. We will work on your paper until you are completely happy with the result.

Read more

Privacy policy

Your email is safe, as we store it according to international data protection rules. Your bank details are secure, as we use only reliable payment systems.

Read more

Fair-cooperation guarantee

By sending us your money, you buy the service we provide. Check out our terms and conditions if you prefer business talks to be laid out in official language.

Read more

Order your essay today and save 30% with the discount code HAPPY