Beads from four sites involved in Early Islamic trade (7th to 12th century) are representative of the role the Muslim world played in the Indian Ocean Bead Trade. The continuation of Classical techniques, the Islamic trade's self-sufficiency, and the insight beads provide concerning past behavior are some of the issues explored.
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Francis, Peter Jr.
"Beads of the Early Islamic Period."
BEADS: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers
1: 21-40. Available at: