Post Postal Systems

Adam Silverstein’s Postal Systems in the Pre-Modern Islamic World was published in late 2007 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xii + 214 pp. $101.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-521-85868-7)

In Postal Systems in the Pre-Modern Islamic World, Silverstein examines the development and evolution of networks transporting material objects, and in some cases important personalities, over long distances via stations “posted at convenient intervals along a route” (p. 1). These postal networks were (theoretically) restricted to official government usage, and were vital to the state as a means of gathering intelligence.

Brief: a digressive review that reads the book from within a contemporary world where the post offices – once a vital institute in Africa are currently falling into decline.

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