A Post-colonial Reconstruction of Diaspora
I wish to thank Maureen Perkins, the series editor for her wisdom and faith in this project; Christina Houen for her wonderful support and for guiding me through the process of re-writing and editing; and Martina Räber, my editor at Peter Lang, for her help, support and professionalism in the process of creating this book.
After the Last Ship began as a thesis for my Doctor of Philosophy degree at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, and I would like to thank my supervisors Nado Aveling and Jenny De Reuck for the everlasting friendship and for nurturing and guiding me in the research and writing of this book.
I wish to thank Arif, with whom I share my life, and my loving children, Shabira, Namek and Nayeem, who have always believed in me; you may find some sections a bit difficult, but this is my life here on these pages and as I kept writing I made sense of them to myself. I dedicate this book with everlasting love to my children and grandchildren and with immense respect to all women who crossed the Indian Ocean, the Kala Pani.
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