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“Brother, you had written to me that you sent roughly 6,300 pounds of block iron to me from India in the ship of the Muslim captain Abu’l-Kata’ib. But when the ship arrived here, it only carried 5,100 pounds and the Muslim shipowner said that that was everything he had received from your Indian agent before setting sail.
To compensate for the difference, I have charged you the Muslim captain’s transportation fee for the above-mentioned iron that was sent to me here in Aden and for pepper that was sent with it. I am also charging you the transportation fee for items that I am sending to you in India, including twenty-five pounds of copper bars, ten Berbera mats in a package, cloth, a piece of lead weighing two hundred and forty-five pounds, two large boxes of sugar, and a package of the best Egyptian paper.”
*Aden and Berbera were prominent Indian Ocean port cities.
Letter from Madmun ibn al-Hassan, a Jewish merchant in Aden, to his brother in India, circa 1133 C.E. The letter was written in Judeo-Arabic, a form of the Arabic language written in the Hebrew script.
The letter best illustrates which of the following continuities in the period circa 600-1450 C.E.?
State support for merchants encouraged greater commercial activity.
Technological advances in shipbuilding facilitated the growth of Afro-Eurasian trade.
Diasporic communities were often established in key locations along important trade routes.
Increasing commercial wealth led to the emergence of new social structures.