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The enigma of ‘Aydhab: a Medieval Islamic port on the Red Sea coast

Peacock, David and Peacock, Andrew (2008) The enigma of ‘Aydhab: a Medieval Islamic port on the Red Sea coast International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 37, (1), pp. 32-48. (doi:10.1111/j.1095-9270.2007.00172.x).

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The medieval Islamic port of ‘Aydhab played a major role in the hajj and in trade with Yemen, India and the Far East. A recent satellite image reveals the layout of the town in some detail, but there seems to be no trace of a viable harbour. Yet there was a fine secure harbour at Halaib, 20 km to the south. We tentatively suggest that the main port of ‘Aydhab was separate from the town. This hypothesis can only be verified by fieldwork and our objective in this paper is draw attention to the problem rather than to resolve it.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 23 November 2007
Published date: March 2008
Keywords: red sea, indian ocean, trade, islam
Organisations: Archaeology


Local EPrints ID: 345388
ISSN: 1057-2414
PURE UUID: fa4004cf-ddee-4534-bafd-ac3f5b0ceac5

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Date deposited: 21 Nov 2012 14:47
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:10

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Author: David Peacock
Author: Andrew Peacock

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