Bahr al-Kabir االبحر الكبير في التاريخ البشري لللمتوسط
By: Abu al- Afiah, Dawud داوود أبو العافية / Translator: Moez Madiouni
Translated to Arabic, 'The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean', by David Abulafia. For over three thousand years, the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the great centres of civilization. David Abulafia's The Great Sea is the first complete history of the Mediterranean, from the erection of temples on Malta around 3500 BC to modern tourism. Ranging across time and the whole extraordinary space of the Mediterranean from Gibraltar to Jaffa, Genoa to Tunis, and bringing to life pilgrims, pirates, sultans and naval commanders, this is the story of the sea that has shaped much of world history
Arabic Edition of 'The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean', by David Abulafia.
select image to view/enlarge/scroll
Abu al- Afiah, Dawud داوود أبو العافية / Translator: Moez Madiouni
al-Kamel Verlag, Freiberg - Germany 2018
17 x 24 cm
History - Mediterranean - Roman - Ottoman - Greek
Connecting Europe, Asia, and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea has been for millennia the place where religions, economies, and political systems met, clashed, influenced and absorbed one another. In this brilliant and expansive book, David Abulafia offers a fresh perspective by focusing on the sea itself: its practical importance for transport and sustenance; its dynamic role in the rise and fall of empires; and the remarkable cast of characters-sailors, merchants, migrants, pirates, pilgrims-who have crossed and re-crossed it.
Ranging from prehistory to the 21st century, The Great Sea is above all a history of human interaction. Interweaving major political and naval developments with the ebb and flow of trade, Abulafia explores how commercial competition in the Mediterranean created both rivalries and partnerships, with merchants acting as intermediaries between cultures, trading goods that were as exotic on one side of the sea as they were commonplace on the other. He stresses the remarkable ability of Mediterranean cultures to uphold the civilizing ideal of convivencia, "living together."