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The Route to China: Seaborne Exploration in Medieval Islam

31 October 2018, 6:30pm
Bahrain National Museum –Auditorium

Nowadays, when maps, distance and speed have become integral to our life style, we have almost forgotten that world where people relied on camel, horse, donkey, or ship for transport. Whether travel was by land or sea, man perforce had to call upon the experience of generations gone before to ensure his safety, but sea transport was always perilous for many reasons.

This is a journey of Classical and Medieval Islam narrated by people who lived those days; they will tell us their impressions about the cultural, material and commercial significance of the Classic Ships of Islam, their role in the life and interaction of coastal communities; the long tradition of seafaring in the Indian Ocean and seaborne exploration – the route to China.