The ribât system and its role in coastal navigation

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The article deals with the role of the coastal defense system, called ribât in medieval Islam, in coastal navigation. The issues emerge through this discussion are the distance between each one of the watching points along the coastal frontiers, inhabitants of the ribats, and the civil functions of the ribâts. The article proves that these fortresses located along the Islamic coastal frontiers along the Mediterranean as well as the Indian Ocean functioned as a refuge for attacked Muslim merchant ships by foreign powers and pirates. Our evidence came from written sources and archeological finds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-225
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 May 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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