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Knowledge hubs along the straits of Malacca

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Evers, Hans-Dieter; Hornidge, Anna-Katharina

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Abstract World history has known areas of relative isolation and areas of high intensity of cultural interaction. The Mediterranean Sea, the Silk Road or the Straits of Malacca can be cited as such crucial contact zones. Within these areas, centres sprung up that served as interfaces between cultures and societies. These “hubs” as we would like to call them, emerged at various points throughout the contact zones, rose to prominence and submerged into oblivion due to a variety of natural calamities or political fortunes. This paper assesses the rise and fall of trade and knowledge hubs along the Straits of Malacca from before colonialisation until today. Historical hubs of maritime trade and religiosity today increasingly establish themselves as educational and knowledge hubs. This leads us to speak of the Straits of Malacca as a chain of - not pearls - but knowledge hubs with Singapore as the knowledge hub in the region shining the brightest of all, as the data suggest. We aim to conceptually grasp this development by suggesting a model or at least a hypothesis about the rise and movement of knowledge hubs in general.
Keywords Southeast Asia; knowledge; knowledge transfer; political factors; knowledge production; intercultural factors; economic factors; commerce
Classification Sociology of Knowledge
Free Keywords Knowledge; Straits of Malacca
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 417-433
Journal Asia Europe Journal, 5 (2007) 3
DOI 10.1007/s10308-007-0127-1
ISSN 1610-2932
Status Preprint; not reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution