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Thomas M. Ricks

Thomas M. Ricks is presently an independent research scholar on early modern and modern Iranian and Palestinian social and cultural history. He holds a M.A. in Persian Language and Literature and a Ph.D. in Middle East History both from Indiana University. He has written extensively on schools of Palestine and Iran as well as on the political economy (slave trade, merchants and sea captains) of early modern Iran and the Persian Gulf.

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Notables, Merchants, and Shaykhs of Southern Iran and Its Ports

Politics and Trade in the Persian Gulf, AD 1729-1789
ISBN: 978-1-59333-957-9
This book investigates the socio-cultural and maritime history of 18th century – early 19th-century Southern Iran and the Persian Gulf in terms of the merchants, mariners and captains who lived and died in the turbulent waters of the western Indian Ocean. This “uncertain frontier” between a revitalized Ottoman Empire to the west and an emergant British India to the east became a testing grounds for the communities of the Gulf. Generally assumed to be a period of anarchy, the 18th-century maritime peoples resolved differences by marriage, forged alliances, and adapted their mercantile skills to the emerging age of global power.
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