Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Beginnings of the Kārim Merchants and the Nature of their Organization

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The Kārim merchants of the late thirteenth, fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries were as prominent in the countries of the Middle East as the German Hanse was in contemporary central and northern Europe. A first collection of source material about the Kārimis was made as early as 1838 and the scholar discussing them characterized them not improperly as banians, the Indian term for traders. This chapter shows the history of the Kārim, as it appears already in documents dating undoubtedly from the Fatimid period. These documents are in Hebrew characters, but mostly in the Arabic language-come from the so-called Cairo Geniza, whose treasures are now dispersed all over the world. The chapter discusses some conclusions based on the authentic Geniza texts mentioning the Kārim in Fatimid times.

Keywords: Cairo Geniza; Fatimid period; Kārim merchants



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Studies in Islamic History and Institutions — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation