Security in the Persian Gulf: Origins, Obstacles, and the by Lawrence G. Potter, Gary G. Sick (eds.)

By Lawrence G. Potter, Gary G. Sick (eds.)

This booklet is a follow-up quantity to the acclaimed The Persian Gulf on the Millennium: Essays in Politics, economic system, defense and faith , released by means of St. Martin's Press in 1997. an identical editors, who direct the Gulf/2000 undertaking at Columbia collage, have assembled a couple of major specialists at the Persian Gulf to mirror on elements affecting defense there within the twenty-first century. so much individuals are from the zone itself and for the 1st time proportion the result of ongoing study with an outdoor viewers. The chapters profile the varied society within the Gulf and the ancient development of Gulf protection, earlier than concentrating on present defense matters among Iran and the Arab states. They discover the mutual perceptions of the peoples of the Gulf this present day and the function of the hot new release in shaping its future.

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Such expansion of central Iranian authority into the Gulf has been unusual enough to be heralded with fanfare by any dynasty that has attempted it. The conquest of the port of Cameron and the islands of Qeshm and Hormuz from the Portuguese by the Safavid king, Abbas I, in the early sixteenth century, is celebrated as a major event in Safavid history. " The similar ephemeral attempt by the Afsharid monarch, Nadir Shah, in the eighteenth century likewise lasted a short time. Meeting with the resistance of the local elite, it ended in failure despite the great expense incurred by the Iranian treasury.

3). D. 110, a navigation manual, the Periplus Maris Erythraei,23 provides an account of the brisk trade between the western and northwestern Indian Ocean. 24 Colonies of Arabs, Persians, and other Iranic peoples of the Gulf "founded everywhere on the [East African] coast and islands commercial settlements in pre-Islamic times, centuries before Muhammed. "25 Instrumental in this expansion was the Iranic Barzangi (later, Zangi/Zangana) dynasty,26 originally from the Shiraz area but dominant in the Laristan-Shabankara region of the northern Gulf coast and the Strait of Hormuz.

Sinbad is an Iranic name; so is bandar ("moorage, port," rendered as banda in Sumatra), dhow/dhaw «dhawraq, a lateen-sail vessel), typhoon «tujoon), nakhoda (skipper, captain), shahbandar ("port master," rendered as siahbanda in Malaya and Sumatra), bar ("coast," as in Zanzibar, and Malabar), khwar ("wetland, bay," rendered as khawr, hawr, or khor in Arabic), palawan (a Muslim "saint") etc. The Chinese sources often record the presence of the Possu, "Persians" in relatively large numbers in various parts of coastal China and Southeast Asia in the seventh and eighth century.

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