Postal Systems in the Pre-Modern Islamic World

By: Adam J. Silverstein

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Adam 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. • The first book in the English language to analyse the official methods of communication employed in Near Eastern history, from pre-Islamic times through the Mamluk period • Will appeal to scholars in Islamic history, and to those interested in the history of pre-modern technology in general and communications-technology in particular • Includes detailed maps of postal routes Contents Part I. The Pre-Islamic Background: 1. Pre-Islamic Postal Systems; Part II. Conquest and Centralisation - The Arabs: 2. al-Barid: the early Islamic postal system; 3. Diwan al-Barid: the middle Abbasid period; Part III. Conquest and Centralisation - The Mongols: 4. The Mongol Yam and its legacy; 5. The Mamluk Barid; Conclusions; Appendix: Distances and speeds of the Barid; Bibliography. Printed Pages: 226.

Title: Postal Systems in the Pre-Modern Islamic World

Author Name: Adam J. Silverstein

Categories: Islam, History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2007

ISBN: 0521858682

ISBN 13: 9780521858687

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 155 x 240 Mm

Seller ID: 019636

Keywords: Postal System Islamic World India