04 April 2010

In an Antique Land

I'm just finishing In an Antique Landby Amitav Ghosh. It's a different sort of book, a mix between travel writing and history and I really enjoyed it. Ghosh writes about his research involving a medieval Jew living in India and his slave. Most of the travel parts of the book are set in Egypt and it was very interesting to read about Ghosh's experiences in Egypt- especially the stereotypes many of the Egyptians he met had of India. It was also interesting to learn a little about medieval trade around the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean, and to hear a little about the fascinating documents found in the Cairo Geniza. Recommended.

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