Home » Nonfiction » Timothy Power » The Red Sea from Byzantium to the Caliphate

January 10 , 2009

The Red Sea from Byzantium to the Caliphate

AD 500–1000


This book examines the historic process traditionally referred to as the fall of Rome and 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 is contextualized in the contestation of regional hegemony between Aksumite Ethiopia, Sasanian Iran, and the Islamic Hijaz. The economic stimulus associated with Arab colonization is then considered, including the foundation of ports and roads linking new metropolises and facilitating commercial expansion, particularly gold mining and the slave trade. Finally, the economic inheritance of the Fatimids and the formation of the commercial networks glimpsed in the Cairo Geniza is contextualized in the diffusion of the Abbasid ‘bourgeois revolution’ and resumption of the ‘India trade’ under the Tulunids and Ziyadids. Timothy Power’s careful analysis reveals the complex cultural and economic factors that provided a fertile ground for the origins of the Islamic civilization to take root in the Red Sea region, offering a new perspective on a vital period of history.

Date release: January 10, 2012

Nonfiction, History
from, Byzantium, Caliphate, Timothy, Power, download, ePUB 2, Mobi, Sony BookReader

How to download book

Buy this book

You can buy this book now only for $22.79. This is the lowest price for this book.

Buy book

Download book free

If you want to download this book for free, please register, approve your account and get one book for free.


After that you may download book «The Red Sea from Byzantium to the Caliphate»:

Download ePUB 2:


Download Mobi:

Download Sony BookReader: