Travel and trade

Marcus Milwright

in An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748623105
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671298 | DOI:
Travel and trade

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This chapter is concerned with the archaeological study of the movement of people and objects during the Islamic period. The first section surveys the published research on land routes used by pilgrims performing the hajj to Mecca, with a particular concentration upon the development of the Darb Zubayda (running from southern Iraq to the Hijaz) between the late eight and the ninth centuries. The second section looks at the patterns of trade in raw materials and manufactured goods in the Medieval Mediterranean. The final section deals with maritime activity, and offers case studies on the ports of Quseir on the Red Sea and Siraf on the Persian Gulf. Objects, architecture and documents are employed to trace the nature of trade in these ports, and the chronology of their growth and decline.

Keywords: Mediterranean; Indian Ocean; Red Sea; Pilgrimage; Iraq; China; Porcelain

Chapter.  7162 words. 

Subjects: Archaeological Methodology and Techniques

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