Commerce, Culture, and Community in a Red Sea Port in the Thirteenth Century

The Arabic Documents from Quseir


Author: Li Guo
This book is the first comprehensive study of the Arabic documents uncovered in Quseir, Upper Egypt, during the 1980s. The hundreds of paper fragments shed light on activities and operations of a family shipping business on the Red Sea shore in the thirteenth century.
Part One is an introductory essay on historical and cultural context of these documents. The three chapters deal with, respectively, the “Sheikh’s house,” where the documents were found, the Red Sea commerce as reflected in the trade activities around the house, and aspects of popular culture as revealed through the texts. Part Two comprises a critical edition of eighty-four Arabic texts, the majority of which have never been published before, with translation and commentary.

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Li Guo, Ph.D. (1994) in Arabic Studies, Yale University, teaches Arabic Language and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Early Mamluk Syrian Historiography: Al-Yūnīnī's Dhayl Mir'āt al-zamān (Brill, 1998).
All those interested in Islamic history, the history of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean trade, economic history of the Islamic Near East, the history of printing, as well as Arabic language, paleography, and diplomatics.