Arab Seafaring

ISBN-10: 0691000328

ISBN-13: 9780691000329

Edition: 2nd 1995 (Revised)

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 The book comprises a brief but masterly historical account that has never been superseded.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

List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/23/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 140
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Introduction to the Expanded Edition
Preface
Trade Routes in the Pre-Islamic Era Prehistory and Geography
The East before Alexander
The Persian Gulf in Hellenistic and Roman Times
The Red Sea in Hellenistic and Roman Times
The Sassanid and Byzantine Empires
Direct Sailing between the Persian Gulf and China in pre-Islamic Times
Trade Routes Under the Caliphate General Consequences of the Islamic Expansion
The Arabs on the Mediterranean
Persian and Arab Sea Trade with the Far East
East Africa and the Coasts of Africa
Later Times
The Ships Hulls and Their Equipment
Masts and Sails
Navigation and Life at Sea
Four Sea Stories
Notes on Chapter I
Notes on Chapter II
Notes on Chapter III
Bibliography
Index
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