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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

25 November 2019
Paul Anderson's invited lecture at the Desiring the Middle East Seminar held in Pembroke College

The Social Life of the Silk Road: New Geographies of China-Middle East Trade

This seminar offered an ethnographic account and theorisation of some of the commercial geographies and economic networks that have connected the market city of Yiwu in south-eastern China to the Middle East over the past two decades. Analysts have also often highlighted the Muslim and Arab ethnic nature of the transnational economic networks which connect Yiwu to markets across the Middle East. But rather than adopting a network governance approach which sees these networks as embedded in a shared culture or ethnicity which furnishes the possibility of trust, Dr Anderson adopted a structural analysis approach in which traders act as brokers, moving and mediating between different geographies.

An invited lecture given by Dr Paul Anderson, University Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies and Assistant Director, HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies. This formed part of the Desiring the Middle East Seminar held in Pembroke College.