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An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology$
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Marcus Milwright

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623105

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623105.001.0001

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Travel and trade

Travel and trade

(p.159) 8 Travel and trade
An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology

Marcus Milwright

Edinburgh University Press

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

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