Aden and the Indian Ocean Trade: 150 Years in the Life of a Medieval Arabian Port

Aden and the Indian Ocean Trade: 150 Years in the Life of a Medieval Arabian Port

by Roxani Eleni Margariti

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469606712
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Series: Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Roxani Eleni Margariti is assistant professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian studies at Emory University.

Table of Contents


Foreword   Carl W. Ernst   Bruce B. Lawrence     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
The Physical Entrepot
The Environment     33
Topography of the Harbor     68
Topography of the Port City     86
The Commercial Entrepot
The Customshouse     109
Ships and Shipping     141
Mercantile and Legal Services     176
Conclusion     206
Notes     215
Bibliography     307
Index     331

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Notable for its broad use of both archeological sources and medieval Judeo-Arabic documents, which provide a crucial window into both Aden and the Indian Ocean trade.—Middle East Journal



A significant original step in the right direction.—International History Review



Dotted with numerous . . . insights.—International Journal of Maritime History



Aden and the Indian Ocean Trade is an excellent historical analysis that will be a standard reference work and should also stimulate further research on the important port of Aden.—Daniel Martin Varisco, Hofstra University



Well-researched. . . . A welcome addition to the never-completed work on the Indian Ocean trade.—Journal of Interdisciplinary History



[A] fascinating and scrupulously researched book. . . . Sets a high standard for port and Indian Ocean studies.—Northern Mariner



"Fascinating. . . . An important and eminently readable monograph.—Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society



Margariti's work should be required reading—not just for those interested in the Indian Ocean trade, but for anyone who is interested in seaborne trade in the medieval period. Her mastery of the sources and her ability to extract maximum data from Geniza letters and Arab texts enables her to reconstruct the physical setting in Aden on a scale lacking in all previous works.—Jere L. Bacharach, University of Washington



[A] major contribution to scholarly understanding of seaborne trade in the medieval period, not only in the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, and the Gulf. . . . A very readable book.—Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterraei



[A] work of formidable scholarship. . . . Recommended.—CHOICE

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