A Persian Church in the Land of Pepper - Routes, Networks and Communities in the Medieval Indian Ocean is a research network which focuses on the history of Indian Ocean connections and exchanges before 1500 CE. The network was created in response to the pressing need for research into the Indian Ocean world before the entry of European powers in the late 15th century and acts on the growing recognition that the Indian Ocean world is studied most effectively through multidisciplinary and trans-regional collaborations. At the latest count, the network brings together over twenty international scholars, see Peoplefor the full list of participants
The research network is led by Dr. Elizabeth Lambourn (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Roberta Tomber (Co-Investigator) and is overseen by an Advisory Boardmade up of five senior scholars. The network has been funded thanks to a Research Network Grant from the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) whose support we gratefully acknowledge here. The network is based at Dr. Lambourn's home institution, De Montfort University in Leicester, where the second workshop will be held; the first workshop will be held at The British Museum.