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The Red Sea from Byzantium to the Caliphate
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The Red Sea from Byzantium to the Caliphate: AD 500-1000

Timothy Power

Abstract

This book examines the historical process traditionally referred to as the fall of Rome and the rise of Islam from the perspective of the Red Sea, a strategic waterway linking the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean and a distinct region incorporating Africa with Arabia. The transition from Byzantium to the Caliphate – a period which falls under the broad rubric Late Antiquity – is contextualized in the contestation of regional hegemony between Aksumite Ethiopia, Sassanian Iran, and the Islamic Hijaz. The economic stimulus associated with Arab colonization is then considered, including the found ... More

Keywords: Red Sea, Late Antiquity, Byzantium, Aksum, Islam, Arabs, gold mining, slave trade, ‘India Trade’, Geniza

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9789774165443
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165443.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Power, author
Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage