Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Trade in Yours
For a 1.50 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Arab Seafaring: In the Indian Ocean in Ancient and Early Medieval Times (Expanded Edition) (Princeton Paperbacks) [Paperback]

George F. Hourani
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
RRP: 21.95
Price: 21.73 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
You Save: 0.22 (1%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 2 Aug.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details
Trade In this Item for up to 1.50
Trade in Arab Seafaring: In the Indian Ocean in Ancient and Early Medieval Times (Expanded Edition) (Princeton Paperbacks) for an Amazon Gift Card of up to 1.50, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Book Description

1 July 1995 Princeton Paperbacks
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.

Product details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Expanded edition (1 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691000328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691000329
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 13.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 730,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


"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 It is not likely that this superb work will be superseded in the near future."--Digest of Middle East Studies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

From the Inside Flap

"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

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
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
Explore More
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book for research 9 Oct 2011
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare book on rarely looked subject 19 April 2000
By "muslimhistorian" - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Facinating book 25 Oct 2013
By Chickpeana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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?
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 12 Feb 2013
By Frances K. Everette-Gayther - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Thanks for sending this book in time for my class assignments. It was an interesting read and I appreciate your promptness.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category