Quraysh and the Roman army: Making sense of the Meccan leather trade

  title={Quraysh and the Roman army: Making sense of the Meccan leather trade},
  author={Patricia Gould Crone},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  pages={63 - 88}
  • P. Crone
  • Published 1 February 2007
  • History
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
This paper argues that the trade in leather and other pastoralist products, which the tradition ascribes to the Meccans, could make sense on the assumption that the goods were destined for the Roman army, which is known to have required colossal quantities of leather and hides for its equipment. The hypothesis that the Meccans were servicing the Roman military is examined and found to be impossible to prove in our current state of knowledge; it is at least compatible with the evidence, however… 

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