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Sultans of the Sea - Piecing Together Sovereignty and Maritimity: Roxani Eleni Margariti
A corpus of funerary inscriptions from the Dahlak Archipelago in present-day Eritrea constitute the strongest evidence for the existence of a long-lived island principality controlling a land-and-sea realm in the Southern Red Sea. Published and unpublished Cairo Geniza documents shed light on commodities traded, services rendered and conditions prevailing across the archipelago in the 11th and 12th centuries; they also refer directly to local rulers that can be cross-referenced with the epigraphic record. Additional if less coherent sets of sources—narrative, visual, environmental, and archaeological—illuminate the nature of a polity at the margins of better-known states, and historicize various aspects of its island culture, from maritime toponymy to the range of locally procured marine goods that entered regional and transregional circuits of exchange.

Dec 8, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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