Arab Seafaring in the Indian Ocean in Ancient and Early Medieval Times

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Princeton University Press, 1995 M07 23 - 189 pages

In this classic work George Hourani deals with the history of the sea trade of the Arabs in the Indian Ocean from its obscure origins many centuries before Christ to the time of its full extension to China and East Africa in the ninth and tenth centuries. The book comprises a brief but masterly historical account that has never been superseded. The author gives attention not only to geography, meteorology, and the details of travel, but also to the ships themselves, including a discussion of the origin of stitched planking and of the lateen fore-and-aft sails. Piracy in the Indian Ocean, day-to-day life at sea, the establishment of ancient lighthouses and the production of early maritime guides, handbooks, and port directories are all described in fascinating detail. Arab Seafaring will appeal to anyone interested in Arab life or the history of navigation. For this expanded edition, John Carswell has added a new introduction, a bibliography, and notes that add material from recent archaeological research.

 

Contents

PREISLAMIC
3
THE MIDDLE EAST IN GRAECOROMAN TIMES
37
THE MIDDLE EAST IN THE SIXTH CENTURY A D
49
TRADE ROUTES UNDER
51
IV
59
THE MIDDLE EAST AND EAST AFRICA IN ABBASID TIMES
83
THE FAR EAST as Known to THE ARABS IN ABBASID TIMES
84
THE SHIPS
85
NOTES ON CHAPTER I
129
37
130
49
133
NOTES ON CHAPTER II
140
86
148
NOTES ON CHAPTER III
150
BIBLIOGRAPHY
157
INDEX
168

THE INDIAN OCEAN TODAY
123
LOWER EGYPT
124
RECENTLY EXCAVATED and Other ReLATED SITES
127
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177
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184
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