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Part of The World in a Life series, this brief, inexpensive text provides insight into the life of slave soldier Malik Ambar. Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery across the Indian Ocean offers a rare look at an individual who began in obscurity in eastern Africa and reached the highest levels of South Asian political and military affairs in the late sixteenth and early seventee Part of The World in a Life series, this brief, inexpensive text provides insight into the life of slave soldier Malik Ambar. Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery across the Indian Ocean offers a rare look at an individual who began in obscurity in eastern Africa and reached the highest levels of South Asian political and military affairs in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Ambar's rise from slavery in East Africa to ruler in South Asia sheds light on the diverse mix of people, products, and practices that shaped the Indian Ocean world during the early modern period. Originally from Ethiopia--historically called Abyssinia--Ambar is best known for having defended the Deccan from being occupied by the Mughals during the first quarter of the seventeenth century. His ingenuity as a military leader, his diplomatic skills, and his land-reform policies contributed to his success in keeping the Deccan free of Mughal imperial rule. We live in a global age where big concepts like "globalization" often tempt us to forget the personal side of the past. The titles in The World in a Life series aim to revive these meaningful lives. Each one shows us what it was like to live on a world historical stage. Brief, inexpensive, and thematic, each book can be read in a week, fit within a wide range of curricula, and shed insight into a particular place or time. Four to six short primary sources at the end of each volume sharpen the reader's view of an individual's impact on world history.


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Part of The World in a Life series, this brief, inexpensive text provides insight into the life of slave soldier Malik Ambar. Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery across the Indian Ocean offers a rare look at an individual who began in obscurity in eastern Africa and reached the highest levels of South Asian political and military affairs in the late sixteenth and early seventee Part of The World in a Life series, this brief, inexpensive text provides insight into the life of slave soldier Malik Ambar. Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery across the Indian Ocean offers a rare look at an individual who began in obscurity in eastern Africa and reached the highest levels of South Asian political and military affairs in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Ambar's rise from slavery in East Africa to ruler in South Asia sheds light on the diverse mix of people, products, and practices that shaped the Indian Ocean world during the early modern period. Originally from Ethiopia--historically called Abyssinia--Ambar is best known for having defended the Deccan from being occupied by the Mughals during the first quarter of the seventeenth century. His ingenuity as a military leader, his diplomatic skills, and his land-reform policies contributed to his success in keeping the Deccan free of Mughal imperial rule. We live in a global age where big concepts like "globalization" often tempt us to forget the personal side of the past. The titles in The World in a Life series aim to revive these meaningful lives. Each one shows us what it was like to live on a world historical stage. Brief, inexpensive, and thematic, each book can be read in a week, fit within a wide range of curricula, and shed insight into a particular place or time. Four to six short primary sources at the end of each volume sharpen the reader's view of an individual's impact on world history.

30 review for Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery Across the Indian Ocean

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sachin

    An extraordinary story of an extraordinary person.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Barnhouse

    Lucid, readable, and engaging, this is an exemplary microhistory, in my opinion. Its use of sources is transparent, and there's an appendix with a variety of translated primary sources from Mughal and European authors. I thought Ali's treatment of the complicated political situation in the Deccan was intelligent and clear, but I did find that some undergraduates (with a poor secondary education) found it overwhelming.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fawaaz Ali

    Malik is it's oromo men my hero

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    aneez

    I was introduced to Malik Amber via Sunil Khilnani's podcast "Incarnations". Amber originally from present day Ethiopia was sold as a slave into the service of Sultanate of Ahmednagar but rose to be a kingmaker and later a ruler. For over two decades he successfully defended the Deccan sultanates from the imperial Mughals of the North. The insight the author gives into the inter Deccan dynamics and the concept of "namak halal" is illuminating. Also the long history of Deccan resistance to imperi I was introduced to Malik Amber via Sunil Khilnani's podcast "Incarnations". Amber originally from present day Ethiopia was sold as a slave into the service of Sultanate of Ahmednagar but rose to be a kingmaker and later a ruler. For over two decades he successfully defended the Deccan sultanates from the imperial Mughals of the North. The insight the author gives into the inter Deccan dynamics and the concept of "namak halal" is illuminating. Also the long history of Deccan resistance to imperial north and how the banton of resistance passed on from Chand Bibi to Malik Amber to Shivaji is completely absent in most historical narratives of this region.

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