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Recognizing the contribution of Arab Sailors in the Indian Ocean

Contributor : Philip Fleuriau Chateau Source: The Maritime History of the Indian Ocean – Ed. By Ameenah Gurib-Fakim & Khal Torabully

For many centuries, the islands of the Indian Ocean were familiar territory to Arab traders and sailors. However, even though these travellers made many significant contributions to the science of navigation, they are not often mentioned in mainstream history books, and rarely receive the recognition that is their due, for having sailed the same seas as their European counterparts.

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