Philip Gooding is postdoctoral fellow at the Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill University. He received his PhD in History at the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2017, where he also received his Masters’ and Bachelors degrees. His PhD thesis was entitled “Lake Tanganyika: Commercial Frontier in the Era of Long-Distance Commerce, East and Central Africa, c.1830-1890”. He has published on slavery, bondage, and Islam in pre-colonial East African history. These publications and the article in the present number of Africa inform his scholarly focus on the cultural, economic, and environmental connections between East Africa and the wider Indian Ocean World.