Arabian Sea

region of the northern Indian Ocean

The Arabian Sea is the northwest part of the Indian ocean. To its west are the Guardafui Channel, Somali Sea and Arabian peninsula. To its east is the Indian peninsula. It covers around 4,600,000, km. The Arabian Sea one of the warmest seas.

Arabian Sea
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Coordinates14°N 65°E / 14°N 65°E / 14; 65Coordinates: 14°N 65°E / 14°N 65°E / 14; 65
Native nameDarya
Part ofIndian Ocean
Basin countries India,  Iran,  Maldives,  Oman,  Pakistan,  Yemen,  Somalia
Max. width2,400 km (1,500 mi)
Surface area3,862,000 km2 (1,491,000 sq mi) (3,600,000 to 4,600,000 km2 in various sources)
Max. depth4,652 m (15,262 ft)
IslandsAstola island, Basavaraja Durga Island, Lakshadweep, Masirah Island, Piram Island, Pirotan, Socotra
Map of the Arabian Sea.
Ariabian Sea


The International Hydrographic Organization defines the limits of the Arabian Sea as follows:[1]

Border and Basin countriesEdit

Border and Basin countries: [2][3]

  1.   India - 2,500 Km Coastline
  2.   Pakistan - 1,050 Km Coastline
  3.   Iran
  4.   Maldives
  5. Template:OMA
  6.   Yemen
  7.   Somalia

Alternative namesEdit

  1. Indian Sea
  2. Sindhu Sagar
  3. Fars Darya
  4. Erythraean Sea
  5. Sindh Sea
  6. Green Sea
  7. Mare di Persia
  8. Persian Sea

The Arabian Sea historically and geographically has been referred to with different names by Turks, persian , Arabs and scholars of Geography and cartography in medieval Islam, European geographers and travelers, including [4] Indian Sea, Sindhu Sagar,[5] Erythraean Sea, Persian Sea .[6] and green Sea. In Indian folklore, it is referred to as Darya, Sindhu Sagar, and Arab Samudra.[7][8][9] Arab sailors and nomads used to call this sea by different names, including the green sea, Bahre Fars, the ocean sea, the Hindu sea, the Makran Sea, the sea of Oman, among them the Zakariya al-Qazwini, Al-Masudi , Ibn Hawqal and (Hafiz-i Abru) They wrote: “The green sea and Indian sea and Persian sea are all one sea and in this sea there are strange creatures.[10]Ibn Khordadbeh ,Ibn Sa'id al-Maghribi , Muhammad al-Idrisi, Istakhri, Mahmud al-Kashgari, Khashkhash Ibn Saeed Ibn Aswad and Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi had mentioned the sea as Persian sea and Bahr e Fars. [11] some of the midival map including the map by Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, 1693 had mentioned the Persian sea and also Macran. Cornelius Le Brun's Year 1718 Map. On this map, the name of the Oman Sea is recorded as "Gulf of Hormuz". Map of Iran in the 16th century by Abraham Ortelius in which the name of the Persian Sea and the Indian Sea appear.[12]

  1. in Iran in the past it was called persian sea but now like the Turkey it is called Oman sea together with the gulf of Oman Encyclopædia Iranica also call it Oman sea [1] .[2] some officials maps of the government uses both Arabian sea and Oman sea. [3]

some maps with historical namesEdit

Many atlases had published old maps of Asia and Indian ocean such as Atlas of The Arabian Peninsula in Old European Maps.Paris, 424pp. contains 253 maps.10 maps have used persian Sea (for the body of water which is now called Arabian sea)the maps in pages: -141-226-323-322-331-345-347-363-355•[4] such as the hours shape map of Bunting H.S.Q34/24CM Hanover,1620.[13] [5]

Related pagesEdit


  1. "Limits of Oceans and Seas, 3rd edition" (PDF). International Hydrographic Organization. 1953. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 December 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  4. "Ministry of MoFA Iran: Introducing a Book and Atlas".
  5. "Kamat's Potpourri: The Arabian Sea".
  6. "The Voyage around the Erythraean Seain para No 34-35".
  7. "Kamat's Potpourri: The Arabian Sea".
  8. "The Voyage around the Erythraean Sea".
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2012-04-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. "Ministry of MoFA Iran: Introducing a Book and Atlas".
  11. "Documents on the Persian Gulf's name: Author:Ajam, Muḥammad,". Documents on the Persian Gulf's name (PGSC). 2010. Retrieved 16 June 20201. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  13. "Ministry of MoFA Iran: Introducing a Book and Atlas".


  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Arabian Sea". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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