ARIC 5137-01, International Trade 1000-1700: Egypt and the Mediterranean-Red Sea Trade
R 02:00 pm - 04:40 pm
This course will examine the development of trade between East and West from the 11th to the 18th century and will focus on trade routes, as well as the commodities exchanged between the world of Islam and the main centers of commerce. It will examine the religious, cultural and social influence on the main centers of commerce visited by merchants, using readings based on primary sources such as travelers’ accounts, diaries, chronicles, commercial embassy reports and trade agreements. The course will also focus on the overall political developments taking place along the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean trade routes, as well as the Silk Road and will allow students to better understand the factors that affected the rise and fall of certain trading centers such as the East India Company.