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Title: Muslim Sea-Power in the eastern Mediterranean from the seventh to the tenth century. (Studies in Naval Organisation)
Author: Fahmy, Aly Mohamad
ISNI:       0000 0001 1741 4742
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1948
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The first chapter is a study of the arsenals and naval centres as revealed by papyri and Muslim writers. It begins with an examination of those in Egypt and shows the importance of Clysma, Alexandria, Damietta and Rosetta as naval centres, The history of the first Muslim arsenal in Egypt at Babylon is traced and its site fixed. This is followed by an account of those in Syria together with the development of the naval centre at Tarsus. The headquarters of the African fleet at Barqa are investigated and the establishment of the first Muslim arsenal in North Africa at Tunis is discussed. Crete is shown to have. been a naval centre and as such is compared with Cyprus. The second chapter deals with materials for shipbuilding, ` including the varieties of timber suitable for this purpose and their availability in Egypt and Syria, the iron industry, copper chains, cables and other -fittings. The third chapter is a survey of the organisation of the, raiding fleets of Egypt, "Oriens" and Africa. Information' is given concerning the maintenance of the fleet as regards .expenditure, taxes, liturgy and civil service. The recruitment of sailors, fighting men and workmen, their supplies, provisions and wages are discussed. The question of fugitives is considered, n connection with naval conscription. The fourth chapter begins with the characteristics of Mediterranean ships and the difference between vessels of the Muslims in this sea and the Indian Ocean. Then follows a study of the types of their Mediterranean warships, including staffs and the official instructions of the Abbäsid, Caliph concerning the responsibilities, of the commander of the fleet.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: JISC Digital Islam
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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