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Postal Systems in the Pre-Modern Islamic World

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ISBN-10: 0521858682

ISBN-13: 9780521858687

Edition: 2007

Authors: Adam J. Silverstein

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Adam Silverstein's book offers a fascinating account of the official methods of communication employed in the Near East from pre-Islamic times through the Mamluk period. Postal systems were set up by rulers in order to maintain control over vast tracts of land. These systems, invented centuries before steam-engines or cars, enabled the swift circulation of different commodities - from letters, people and horses to exotic fruits and ice. As the correspondence transported often included confidential reports from a ruler's province, such postal systems doubled as espionage-networks through which news reached the central authorities quickly enough to allow a timely reaction to events. The book…    
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Book details

List price: $124.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/21/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 230
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

List of maps
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The Pre-Islamic Background
Pre-Islamic postal systems
The East: Iranian postal systems from the Achaemenids to the Sasanids
The West: the Cursus Publicus from Rome to Byzantium
Communications in pre-Umayyad Arabia
Conquest and Centralisation - the Arabs
al-Barid: the early Islamic postal system
Diwan al-Barid: the Middle Abbasid period
Conquest and Centralisation - the Mongols
The Mongol Yam and its legacy
The Mamluk Barid
Conclusions
distances and speeds of the Barid
Bibliography
Index