Lengthy prior to Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of fine desire en path to India, the peoples of Africa, the center East, and Asia engaged in energetic cross-cultural exchanges around the Indian Ocean. This publication makes a speciality of the years seven hundred to 1500, a interval while strong dynasties ruled either areas, to record the connection among the Islamic and chinese language worlds prior to the coming of the Europeans. via a detailed research of the maps, geographic money owed, and travelogues compiled through either chinese language and Islamic writers, the ebook strains the advance of significant contacts among humans in China and the Islamic international and explores their interactions on concerns as various as international relations, trade, mutual knowing, international geography, navigation, shipbuilding, and clinical exploration. while the Mongols governed either China and Iran within the 13th and fourteenth centuries, their geographic figuring out of every other's society elevated markedly. This wealthy, attractive, and pioneering learn deals glimpses into the worlds of Asian geographers and mapmakers, whose accrued knowledge underpinned the prestigious voyages of ecu explorers like Vasco da Gama.
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