Postal Systems in the Pre-Modern Islamic World Hardback
Part of the Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization series
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 230 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 21/06/2007
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9780521858687