Afghan trading networks

Marsden, Magnus and Hopkins, Benjamin D (2019) Afghan trading networks. In: Oxford research encyclopedia of Asian history. Oxford University Press.

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Abstract

Afghanistan has long been conventionally regarded as a remote space peripheral to the wider world. Yet scholarship produced in the 2nd decade of the 21st century suggests its multiple connections to a wide array of regions and settings. Such connections are especially visible when viewed through the lens of the trade networks originating from the territories of modern Afghanistan. Scholars have come to recognize that Afghan traders have long been active players in many contexts across Asia and beyond. Such traders and the networks they form play a critically important role in connecting different parts of Asia with one another, including South Asia and Eurasia, as well as East and West Asia. The connective role performed by Afghan caravanners and religious minorities in the trade between India and Central Asia are especially well documented by historians. Increasingly so too are the activities of Afghan merchants in Ottoman territories. The trading networks Afghan traders have participated in are historically dynamic. Their orientating values shift across time and space between various forms of religious, ethno-linguistic, and political identity. The capacity to adapt to changing circumstances is helpful in understanding the continuing relevance of Afghan traders to 21st-century forms of globalized capitalism, in contexts as varied as the former Soviet Union, China, and the Arabian Peninsula.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Afghanistan, Afghan, trade, trading networks, trust, globalisation
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Asia
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia > DS041 Middle East. Southwestern Asia. Ancient Orient. Arab East. Near East
D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia > DS201 Arabian Peninsula. Saudi Arabia
D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia > DS327 Central Asia
D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia > DS331 Southern Asia. Indian Ocean Region
D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia > DS350 Afghanistan
D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia > DS376 Pakistan
Depositing User: Magnus Marsden
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2019 10:02
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 10:47
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/81471

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Trust, Global Traders and Cheap Commodities in a Chinese International City (TRODITIES)G1723EUROPEAN UNION669132