The Cultural Unity of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean: A Longue Durée Historical Perspective

@inproceedings{Bhacker2009TheCU,
  title={The Cultural Unity of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean: A Longue Dur{\'e}e Historical Perspective},
  author={M. Bhacker},
  year={2009}
}
Visitors to the Middle East, and the Gulf region in particular, are often surprised by the ethnic diversity of its people. It is tempting to offer as an explanation for this the recent oil boom and resulting inflow of expatriate workers. Yet, the genetic imprint of East Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Indian subcontinent on the people of the Gulf long predates the oil era. The diversity of the Gulf and Indian Ocean populations reflects millennia of migrations between seafaring communities… Expand