Muslim Cultures of the Indian Ocean

Written by Stephane Pradines & Farouk Topan

This book is a collection of publications that examine the history of the Indian Ocean and its significance in world history. The studies focus on the political systems and forms of governance of the Indian Ocean coast, emphasizing their thalassocratic nature. East Africa and the Swahili coast, South Arabia with Yemen and Oman or India.

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