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The Early Islamic Period

During the Early Islamic period, 7th-12th centuries CE, Yavneh-Yam is named either mahuz Yibna (by the geographer Muqqaddasi, 985 CE) or mahuz a-tani, namely the harbor of Yavneh, respectively the second harbor (after Ashdod, which is called the ‘first harbor’, by the geographer Idrissi, 12th century CE). The harbor served as one of the places along the Mediterranean where prisoners were exchanged between Muslims and Byzantines.