Quseir al-Qadim: 1 definition


Quseir al-Qadim means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Trade: A Survey

Quseir al-Qadim is the name of a Red Sea port that saw frequent trade with ancient India.—Inscriptions in Tamil language and Tamil Brahmi script have been found on potsherds at another Red Sea port, Quseir al-Qadim, dating back to the first centuries CE. Since there was no Suez Canal in those days, goods traded in either direction had to be offloaded in Egypt, either at Alexandria on the Mediterranean or at some Red Sea port, and carried overland. East Africa was also part of this trade network. The same sea routes were later much frequented by the Arabs for their trade with Indian ports.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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