- Publisher: Princeton University Press
- Format: Paperback | 216 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 15mm | 249g
- Publication date: 23 July 1995
- Publication City/Country: New Jersey
- ISBN 10: 0691000328
- ISBN 13: 9780691000329
- Edition: Revised
- Edition statement: Raphy by John Carswell ed.
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 650,659
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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"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 It is not likely that this superb work will be superseded in the near future."--Digest of Middle East Studies "This reprint of Professor Hourani's elegant monograph forty-five years after its first publication is a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
Back cover copy
"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"
Table of contents
Introduction to the Expanded Edition 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 Appendix: Direct Sailing between the Persian Gulf and China in pre-Islamic Times Ch. IITrade Routes Under the Caliphate The Arabs on the Mediterranean Persian and Arab Sea Trade with the Far East East Africa and the Coasts of Africa Later Times Ch. IIIThe Ships Masts and Sails Navigation and Life at Sea Appendix: Four Sea Stories Notes on Chapter I Notes on Chapter II Notes on Chapter III Bibliography Index