Sulaiman Nadvi. Trans. by S. Sabahuddin Abdur Rehman
This is perhaps the first comprehensive work on the subject. In his lengthy introduction the learned author describes the scope and extent of the work, including the various complex terms used for navigation, navigators, sea voyages, boats and ships, ports and coasts, Arabic words used in navigation, adaptation of foreign words from Persian, Hindi, Chinese, Greek, Latin, etc.
The subject proper, viz. Navigation of the Arabs, is then dealt with under the headings: in the days of the Holy Prophet; during the reign of the Umayyads and Abbasids; Navigable routes of the East; the Fatimids in the Mediterranean Sea; Sealors: literary investigations of Arab navigators; equipment and implements for navigation; shipbuilding yards; the decline of Arab navigation; literature on navigation.
ISBN No. 969-432-181-6. 16 cm. x 17.5 cm. vii +153 pp. (H.B)