The Littoral Difference: Examining the Swahili and Malabar Coasts during the Islamic Golden Age.

Glassman, Daniel.


  • The Islamic Golden Age roughly spans the period from the 8th to the 16th century. Often seen as fringe territories in relation to the locus of Muslim power, the Malabar and Swahili coasts were major beneficiaries of this Pax Islamica. This thesis compares these regions in order to test a common generalization about coastal civilization: that it is inclusive, tolerant, heterogeneous, and above al... read more
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