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Arab Seafaring : In the Indian Ocean in Ancient and Early Medieval Times - George F. Hourani

Arab Seafaring

In the Indian Ocean in Ancient and Early Medieval Times

Paperback Published: 23rd July 1995
ISBN: 9780691000329
Number Of Pages: 140

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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 The book comprises a brief but masterly historical account that has never been superseded.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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"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 It is not likely that this superb work will be superseded in the near future."--Digest of Middle East Studies "This reprint of Professor Hourani's elegant monograph forty-five years after its first publication is a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

Introduction to the Expanded Edition
Trade Routes in the Pre-Islamic Era Prehistory and Geographyp. 3
The East before Alexanderp. 6
The Persian Gulf in Hellenistic and Roman Timesp. 13
The Red Sea in Hellenistic and Roman Timesp. 17
The Sassanid and Byzantine Empiresp. 36
Direct Sailing between the Persian Gulf and China in pre-Islamic Timesp. 46
Trade Routes Under the Caliphate General Consequences of the Islamic Expansionp. 51
The Arabs on the Mediterraneanp. 53
Persian and Arab Sea Trade with the Far Eastp. 61
East Africa and the Coasts of Africap. 79
Later Timesp. 83
The Ships Hulls and Their Equipmentp. 89
Masts and Sailsp. 100
Navigation and Life at Seap. 105
Four Sea Storiesp. 114
Notes on Chapter Ip. 129
Notes on Chapter IIp. 140
Notes on Chapter IIIp. 150
Bibliographyp. 157
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780691000329
ISBN-10: 0691000328
Series: Princeton Paperbacks
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 23rd July 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.38 x 13.49  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised