Frankincence resin is dried after Boswellia trees found in Ethiopia, Yemen (Hadramawt) and in the Dhofar region of Oman. Famous for the perfume it emits when burned as well as for its therapeutic properties, the use of frankincense is attested from the 3rd millenium BC in Oman, and today frankincense is commonly used to perfume clothes and to welcome guests.
Although frankincense made the wealth and fame of the South Arabian Kingdoms, it has not ceased to be traded after the rise of Islam. This lecture aims to evoke the different uses of frankincense before Islam as well as the regions to which it was exported, then focuses on the history of frankincense during the Islamic period through the presention of the written and archaeological data.
Sunday, December 2, 2012, at the French-Omani Institute in Muscat, at 7 p.m.