Author:Adam J. Silverstein


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Postal Systems in the Pre-Modern Islamic World

By: Adam J. Silverstein

Price: $110.00

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2007

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 019636

ISBN: 0521858682

Condition: New

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... View more info