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Shipped but Not Sold: Material Culture and the Social Protocols of Trade during Yemen's Age of Coffee

Nancy Um


In the early decades of the eighteenth century, Yemen hosted a lively community of merchants that came to the southern Arabian Peninsula from the east and the west, seeking, among other products, coffee, at a time when this new social habit was on the rise. Shipped but not Sold argues that many of the diverse goods that these merchants carried, bought, and sold at the port, also played ceremonial, social, and utilitarian roles in this intensely commercial society that was oriented toward the Indian Ocean. Including sumptuous foreign textiles and robes, Arabian horses, porcelain vessels, spices ... More

Keywords: Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Arabian Peninsula, commodities, merchants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780824866402
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824866402.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Um, author
Binghamton University