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

Peacock, David and Peacock, Andrew (2007) 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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1095-9270.2007.00172.x
ISSNs: 1057-2414 (print)
Keywords: red sea, indian ocean, trade, islam
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Organisations: Archaeology
ePrint ID: 345388
Date :
Date Event
23 November 2007e-pub ahead of print
March 2008Published
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2012 14:47
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 16:21
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