Indian Ocean in World History (IOWH)

SQCC’s flagship educational resource, The Indian Ocean in World History website, is a free classroom tool that is comprised of signature maps, lesson plans, quizzes, trivia and much more, with no need to register for the website. The website is interactive and features a map section with primary resource entries in categories of documents, travelers, routes, goods, technologies, objects, places, and geography.

The Indian Ocean Basin is becoming an important topic in middle and high school world history and geography courses, but one for which there are few instructional resources. 

This web-based resource helps teachers incorporate the Indian Ocean into world history studies by illustrating a variety of interactions that took place in the Indian Ocean during each era. The material has been assembled into an integrated and user-friendly teaching tool for students in upper elementary, middle and high school. 

It offers students the chance to investigate primary sources that illustrate historical interactions, helping them to become more adept at the analytical historical thinking skills that are required by virtually all state history standards today. The website is interactive and features a map section with primary resource entries in categories of documents, travelers, routes, goods, technologies, objects, places, and geography. There are also lesson plans, quizzes, student guides, and teacher resources on the Indian Ocean in World History website.   Redesigned in 2016, the Indian Ocean in World History website now allows greater flexibility for educators with the “Make Your Own Lesson Plan” functionality. 

In 2019, SQCC added thousands of 19th Century documents collected by our fellows, Dr. Thomas McDow and Dr. Fahad Bishara in the An Ocean of Paper section. The documents, in the form of deeds, were produced by Omanis in South Arabia and East Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These deeds, which exist in private and public collections in Oman and East Africa, recount transactions in money, property, and commodities between Omanis from different parts of the country who engaged in activities around the Indian Ocean. Individually, they tell stories of the lives, fortunes, and trajectories of Omani migrants; together, they constitute some of the richest written records we have on any community in the region, and promise to completely reshape the foundations of Omani social and economic history in the Indian Ocean. 

The Indian Ocean in World History website is free of charge and there is no requirement to sign up.

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