Postal Systems in the Pre-Modern Islamic World
By (author) Adam J. Silverstein
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Postal Systems in the Pre-Modern Islamic World by Adam J. Silverstein
Book DescriptionAdam Silverstein's book offers a fascinating account of the official methods of communication employed in the Near East from pre-Islamic 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 circulation of different commodities - from letters, people and horses to exotic fruits and ice. As the correspondence transported often included confidential reports from a ruler's provinces, such postal systems doubled as espionage-networks through which news reached the central authorities quickly enough to allow a timely reaction to events. The book sheds light not only on the role of communications technology in Islamic history, but also on how nomadic culture contributed to empire-building in the Near East. This is a long-awaited contribution to the history of pre-modern communications systems in the Near Eastern world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521858687
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Adam J. Silverstein
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Postal Systems in the Pre-modern Islamic World, Paperback (May 2010)
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Author Biography - Adam J. Silverstein
Adam Silverstein is Lecturer in Islamic History at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford.
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