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Explorations lecture delves into 'The world of a ship'

April 16, 2012

Elizabeth Lambourn, a scholar from the Abbasia Center at Stanford University, will present an illustrated lecture titled The world of a ship: life and luggage in the medieval Indian Ocean on Tuesday, April 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetlands Studies at Coastal Carolina University, Room 100. It is free and open to the public.

Lambourn, who is also a Leverhulme Trust Fellow from de Montfort University in the United Kingdom, will describe the interconnected network of trade, travelers, religion and more through the eyes of an Arabic-writing Jewish merchant of almost 1,000 years ago.

Lambourn is a historian of Islamic South Asia and the Indian Ocean world, with a particular interest in the mobility of people, things and ideas across this area in the medieval and early modern periods. She has researched and published widely on a range of topics from the material culture and epigraphy of Muslim communities in western India and Indonesia to Muslim religious networks and questions of Caliphal authority across the early modern Indian Ocean.

The lecture is the final session in the Explorations Lecture Series sponsored by CCU's Center for Archaeology and Anthropology. A reception will follow the lecture.

For more information, call Cheryl Ward, director of the center, at 843-349-6657 or email her at