Navigating the Gulf: Aḥmad b. Mājid’s poem on Gulf navigation

Authors

  • Eric Staples

Keywords:

Navigation, Maritime, Arabic poetry, Gulf, Indian Ocean

Abstract

Aḥmad b. Mājid is the most renowned author of Arabic navigational literature. Although he is reported to have come from the southern Gulf port of Julfar, the vast majority of his work focuses on navigating the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, and his compositions contain few details relating to Gulf navigation. The one exception is a short, undated poem describing sailing routes in the Gulf. This paper analyses this unique poem and compares the navigational practices it describes with those in his other navigational works in order better to understand the specific characteristics of Gulf and Indian Ocean navigation in the fifteenth century.

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Published

28/07/2022

How to Cite

Staples, E. (2022). Navigating the Gulf: Aḥmad b. Mājid’s poem on Gulf navigation. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 51, 371–378. Retrieved from http://archaeopresspublishing.com/ojs/index.php/PSAS/article/view/1076

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