The dhow was at the mercy of the seasonal monsoons but mercifully this very fact multiplied opportunities for social interaction between the sailors and traders with their hosts around the rim of the indian ocean giving birth to cosmopolitan populations and cultures. The dhow was a vibrant means of social interaction and the goods it carried embodied a great deal of social and cultural meaning one could say the dhow gave birth to a number of cosmopolitan peoples and cultures establishing and maintaining a genuine dialogue between civilizationsby the fifteenth century the global world of the indian . Dhow cultures of the indian ocean cosmopolitanism commerce and islam by abdul sheriff london hurst co 2010 xv 351 pp abdul sheriffs dhow cultures of the indian ocean is indeed a path breaking study of the social and cultural history of the dhow portraying a curious dynamics of the interaction of islam as a paradigm . Dhow cultures is divided into four parts regional partners navigation dialogue across the ocean and the cultural world of the indian ocean the first considers the three primary cultural points of contact across the ocean the swahili coast the arabian peninsula and the western indian seaboard. Dhow cultures of the indian ocean cosmopolitanism commerce and islam by abdul sheriff this is indicative of growing scholarly interest in the aspects of culture and commerce of the indian ocean in general and of coastal eastern africa in particular and navigation that people all across the ocean shared in common dhow cultures is
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