This book is the first comprehensive study of the Arabic documents
uncovered in Quseir, Upper Egypt, during the 1980s. The hundreds of
paper fragments shed light on activities and operations of a family
shipping business on the Red Sea shore in the thirteenth century.
Part One is an introductory essay on historical and cultural
context of these documents. The three chapters deal with,
respectively, the "Sheikh's house," where the documents were found,
the Red Sea commerce as reflected in the trade activities around
the house, and aspects of popular culture as revealed through the
texts. Part Two comprises a critical edition of eighty-four Arabic
texts, the majority of which have never been published before, with
translation and commentary.