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Postal systems in the pre-modern Islamic world

Author: Adam J Silverstein
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Series: Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Adam Silverstein's book offers a fascinating account of the official methods of communication employed in the Near East from pre-lslamic times through the Mamluk period. Postal systems were set up by rulers in order to maintain control over vast tracts of land. These systems, invented centuries before steam-engines or cars, enabled the swift and efficient circulation of different commodities-from people and horses  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adam J Silverstein
ISBN: 9780521858687 0521858682 0511289057 9780511289057
OCLC Number: 122283291
Description: xii, 214 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: List of maps; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. The Pre-Islamic Background: 1. Pre-Islamic postal systems; Part II. Conquest and Centralisation - The Arabs: 2. al-Barid: the early Islamic postal system; 3. Diwan al-Barid: the Middle Abbasid period; Part III. Conquest and Centralisation - The Mongols: 4. The Mongol Yam and its legacy; 5. The Mamluk Barid; Conclusions; Appendix: distances and speeds of the Barid; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization.
Responsibility: Adam J. Silverstein.
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