The Medieval Persian Gulf (Past Imperfect) (Paperback)

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The Medieval Persian Gulf (Past Imperfect) (Paperback)

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The Persian Gulf today is home to multiple cosmopolitan urban hubs of globalization. This did not start with the discovery of oil. This book tells of the Gulf from the rise of Islam until the coming of the Portuguese, when port cities such as Siraf, Sohar, and Hormuz were entrepots for trading pearls, horses, spices, and other products across much of Asia and eastern Africa. Indeed, products traded there became a key part of the material culture of medieval Islamic civilization, and the Gulf region itself was a crucial membrane between the Middle East and the world of the broader Indian Ocean. The book also highlights the long-term presence of communities of South Asian and African ancestry, as well as patterns of religious change among Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, and Muslims that belie the image of a region long polarized between Arabs and Persians and Sunnis and Shi'ites.

Brian Ulrich ============ Brian Ulrich is a Professor of History at Shippensburg University who has published on early Islamic history and worked with the archaeological excavations at Kazima in Kuwait.
Product Details ISBN: 9781802700046
ISBN-10: 1802700048
Publisher: ARC Humanities Press
Publication Date: November 30th, 2023
Pages: 124
Language: English
Series: Past Imperfect