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Emeritus Professor Dionisius A. Agius FBA

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Leverhulme Research Fellowship (1996-1998)

This research was also possible with funding from the British Council and the Ministry of Information of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Research Title: "Ship-types in the Gulf: An historical-linguistic inquiry".

This study looked at traditional ships and boats in the Persian/Arabian Gulf with the aim of establishing an historical and linguistic link between the present and the medieval Islamic period. My research was based on field work collecting information (over 200 interviews) from seamen and fishermen, master-builders and carpenters on different techniques of dhow-building. Also the research extended to pictorial evidence, maps and references to maritime ethnography. The findings of this study have been published in In the Wake of the Dhow: The Arabian Gulf and Oman, pp. xxiv+253.Reading: Garnet, 2002 and Seafaring in the Arabian Gulf and Oman: The People of the Dhow. xiii+285. London: Kegan Paul Limited, 2005, reprinted twice.

Arts & Humanities Research Council – Major Grant (2002-2005)

Research Title: “Reconstructing the Quseiri Arabic Documents”

Director of the Project

Research Team: Anne Regourd (palaeographer); Cecile Bresc (numismatist) and Dionisius A. Agius (maritime ethnographer and linguist)

The research objective was to read or reconstruct the Arabic documents of the Ayyubid to Mamluk periods (13th to 15th centuries) (paper fragments, coins and ostrich eggs), unearthed by the University of Southampton archaeological team (1999-2003) at the harbour town of Quseir al-Qadim on the Egyptian Red Sea coast. The proposed output is: a) to evaluate the texts combined with archaeological inquiry; b) to examine the content and context within the framework of the long-distance trade and pilgrim traffic from Quseir as a chief port of the Red Sea region and its trade contacts with the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean (India and East Africa).