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Arab Seafaring: In the Indian Ocean in Ancient and Early Medieval Times (Expanded Edition) (Princeton Paperbacks) Paperback – 1 Jul 1995

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Expanded edition with a New introduction, notes, and bibliography by John Carswell edition (1 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691000328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691000329
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 It is not likely that this superb work will be superseded in the near future."--Digest of Middle East Studies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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When the lady of Malik rides her camel at dawn, her litter appears like a large ship in the midst of the valley of Dad, one of the ships of Adulis or of ibn-Yamin, which the mariner now turns aside and now directs straight ahead; its prow cuts through the foam of the water as a gambler divides the dust with his hand. Read the first page
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jasmine Richards on 9 Oct 2011
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I used this title to research my novel The Book of Wonders. I found it to be very, very useful. Detailed but accessible and engrossingly written.
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Rare book on rarely looked subject 19 April 2000
By "muslimhistorian" - Published on Amazon.com
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This classic masterpiece deserved reprinted more than anything else and it is done with an excellent expansion, especially on narrated accounts of travellers and geographers of the time. Inside you'll find an interesting correlation proposed between Islamic trading activities and their mastery of the Indian Ocean, its height and downfall until the 1000 AD. Buy it, especially if you're an Indonesian Muslim.
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Facinating book 25 Oct 2013
By Chickpeana - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a really interesting book on a subject that is hard to find in this country. However I have been more than little bit disappointed to find that he uses nearly exclusively European and American books and archeologists as sources. What are the chances that absolutely no academic work on their own history has been done by Arabs?
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By Frances K. Everette-Gayther - Published on Amazon.com
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Thanks for sending this book in time for my class assignments. It was an interesting read and I appreciate your promptness.
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