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A Maritime History
A Maritime History

A Maritime History

Edited by Abdulrahman Al Salimi, Edited by Eric Staples


256 Pages, 9.5 x 12

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $78.00 (US $78.00) (CA $105.00)

Publication Date: December 2016

ISBN 9783487153902

Rights: US & CA

Georg Olms Verlag AG (Dec 2016)
Georg Olms Verlag

Price: $78.00


This interdisciplinary work emphasizes the maritime dimensions of Oman's past, as both archeologists and historians delve into a variety of sources to unearth its rich history. It explores Oman's long and enduring relationship with the sea, which has had a profound impact on its history. The inhabitants of Oman who sailed to Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley in the Bronze Age helped initiate the beginnings of long-distance maritime commerce. The frankincense trade that flourished in the Iron Age connected Oman with the larger western Indian Ocean and Greco-Roman worlds. With the coming of Islam, Oman became part of a much larger series of Islamic maritime networks that extended from East Africa to China, sailing across the seas carrying peoples, goods, and ideas. European maritime incursions such as the Portuguese invasions eventually fostered maritime trade with Europe, and the establishment of the Ya'rubid and Al Bu Sa'id maritime empires increased interaction with East Africa and later the Atlantic world. In the modern period, Oman has made the transition from a traditional economy to a modern maritime system. In addition, the work addresses the diverse forms of watercraft and navigational practices utilized by Omanis to venture out into the sea. Collectively, it shows that the sea is intimately tied to Oman's history.

Author Biography

Abdulraham Al Salimi is a professor of Islamic studies at the Instiute of Shariah Sciences in Oman and the editor-in-chief of Tolerance, a journal dedicated to discussions of present-day religious and political issues. Eric Staples is the director of Maritime Heritage Projects at The Sultanate of Oman.