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This chapter discusses Nakhudas Shipowners and Captains and the dangers in travel and in shipping goods by land and sea. Nakhudas appear regularly in the Geniza documents in connection with shipping in the Indian Ocean, and they unquestionably played an important role in this commerce.It is clear from Buzurg's nakhudas sailed the sea. Most if not all were in charge of the ships' crewmen and instructed them what to do. The sea voyage was difficult and no doubt caused travelers considerable suffering. Long-distance travel by land was dangerous, all the more so maritime travel. David Maimonides, who later perished in the Indian Ocean, wrote his celebrated brother Moses from the Sudanese port Aydhab and described the perilous journey through the desert from Qus,in Upper Egypt. He explained his safe arrival as a reward for the suffering he experienced.

Keywords: David Maimonides; Geniza documents; Indian Ocean trade; Mahruz; nakhudas



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