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Resurgent East Arabian pearl fishing and trade is apparent by the mid-1st mill. BCE. Strong intercontinental demand for pearls from the 1st cent. BCE prompted a transition to large-scale operations. Pearl diving probably experienced a gradual decline from the late 3rd cent. CE, re-emerging as a flourishing enterprise in the Early Islamic period.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThematic dictionary of ancient Arabia
EditorsJérémie Schiettcatte, Christian J. Robin, Jérôme Norris
PublisherCentre National De La Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

NameThematic Dictionary of Ancient Arabia
ISSN (Electronic)3036-3527


  • pearl
  • Arabian Gulf
  • Persian Gulf
  • Sasanian Empire
  • Palmyra
  • pearl fishing
  • pearl trade


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