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S̲h̲īnī, S̲h̲īniyya, S̲h̲ānī
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(a.), a type of mediaeval Arabic warship used in the Mediterranean. The s̲h̲īnī is mentioned briefly in safīna . 1 (b) as a type of galley, but its importance in naval history of the time merits separate notice.

Ancient and mediaeval Mediterranean shipbuilding is poorly documented, and, while the study of cargo-carriers has been somewhat enhanced by an increasing number of discovered wrecks, the only ancient wreck of a war vessel we possess is the Punic ship of Marsala (A. Guillerm, Archaeologic excavations and experimental archaeology. The Punic ship of Marsala and Trireme Olympias , …

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Christides, V., “S̲h̲īnī, S̲h̲īniyya, S̲h̲ānī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 27 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6949>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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