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Letters And Documents On The India Trade In Medieval Times—A Preview

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Until a few years ago, no letters or documents illustrating the medieval trade with India had been known to exist on either the Arabian or the eastern shores of the Indian Ocean. The pivotal role of Yemen, especially Aden, in the India trade is discussed repeatedly in this book. Due to the precariousness of communication, letters were usually sent in duplicate or even triplicate in two or three different ships, and many statements referring to this custom are found in the Geniza papers. Most of the Geniza papers related to the India trade are letters. The persons whose papers form the main stock of the Geniza records are discussed in this chapter.

Keywords: Geniza papers; India; medieval trade

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