Arab Seafaring: In the Indian Ocean in Ancient and Early Medieval Times / Edition 1

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Overview

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 The book comprises a brief but masterly historical account that has never been superseded.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.

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Editorial Reviews

Digest of Middle East Studies
All in all, this brief account is rich in the depth of its analyses and in the authoritative sources cited, both Western and Arab. . . . It is not likely that this superb work will be superseded in the near future.
Asian Affairs
This reprint of Professor Hourani's elegant monograph forty-five years after its first publication is a tribute to the soundness of his original conception and the excellence of its presentation. Hardly a word seems to need emendation.
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"All in all, this brief account is rich in the depth of its analyses and in the authoritative sources cited, both Western and Arab. . . . It is not likely that this superb work will be superseded in the near future."--Digest of Middle East Studies

"This reprint of Professor Hourani's elegant monograph forty-five years after its first publication is a tribute to the soundness of his original conception and the excellence of its presentation. Hardly a word seems to need emendation."--Asian Affairs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691000329
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/3/1995
  • Series: Princeton Paperbacks Series
  • Edition description: Expanded ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Expanded Edition
Preface
Ch. I Trade Routes in the Pre-Islamic Era
Prehistory and Geography 3
The East before Alexander 6
The Persian Gulf in Hellenistic and Roman Times 13
The Red Sea in Hellenistic and Roman Times 17
The Sassanid and Byzantine Empires 36
Appendix: Direct Sailing between the Persian Gulf and China in pre-Islamic Times 46
Ch. II Trade Routes Under the Caliphate
General Consequences of the Islamic Expansion 51
The Arabs on the Mediterranean 53
Persian and Arab Sea Trade with the Far East 61
East Africa and the Coasts of Africa 79
Later Times 83
Ch. III The Ships
Hulls and Their Equipment 89
Masts and Sails 100
Navigation and Life at Sea 105
Appendix: Four Sea Stories 114
Notes on Chapter I 129
Notes on Chapter II 140
Notes on Chapter III 150
Bibliography 157
Index 179
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