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The Merchant Houses of Mocha
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Gaining prominence as a seaport under the Ottomans in the mid-1500s, the city of Mocha on the Red Sea coast of Yemen pulsed with maritime commerce. Its very name became synonymous with Yemen's most important revenue-producing crop -- coffee. After the imams of the Qasimi dynasty ousted the Ottomans in 1635, Mocha's trade turned eastward toward the Indian Ocean and coastal India. Merchants and shipowners from Asian, African, and European shores flocked to the city to trade in Arabian coffee and aromatics, Indian textiles, Asian spices, and silver from the New World.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Note on Transliteration, Dates, and Abbreviations
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-15
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  1. 1. The Mocha Trade Network
  2. pp. 16-35
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  1. 2. The Yemeni Coffee Network
  2. pp. 36-47
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  1. 3. A Littoral Society in Yemen
  2. pp. 48-77
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  1. 4. Merchants and Nakhudhas
  2. pp. 78-95
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  1. 5. The Urban Form and Orientation of Mocha
  2. pp. 96-124
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  1. 6. Trading Spaces
  2. pp. 125-161
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  1. 7. On the Politics of Inside and Out
  2. pp. 162-184
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  1. Conclusion: The End of the Mocha Era
  2. pp. 185-190
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  1. Appendix A: The Imams of Qāsimī Yemen and the Governors of Mocha
  2. pp. 191-192
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  1. Appendix B: Archival and Museum Sources Consulted
  2. pp. 193-197
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 199-238
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 239-240
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 241-255
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  1. Illustration Credits
  2. p. 256
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 257-270
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