Arab Seafaring

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

By (author) George F. Hourani , Revised by John Carswell


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Arab Seafaring in the Indian Ocean in Ancient and Early Medieval Times. 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.

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 15.24mm | 249.47g
  • 03 Jul 1995
  • Princeton University Press
  • New Jersey
  • English
  • Revised
  • Graphy by John Carswell ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0691000328
  • 9780691000329
  • 538,571

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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 It is not likely that this superb work will be superseded in the near future."--Digest of Middle East Studies "This reprint of Professor Hourani's elegant monograph forty-five years after its first publication is a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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"In "Arab Seafaring" George Hourani reviews--crisply, comprehensively and authoritatively--the story of Arab trade routes and the ships that plied them, from earliest times to the Middle Ages. His book is as indispensable today as it was when first published forty years ago; there is no other that covers this significant martime history."--Lionel Casson, author of "The Ancient Mariners"

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