Islamic societies of the earlier have usually been characterised as city, with rural and different extra-urban landscapes forged in a lesser or assisting position within the reports of Islamic historical past and archaeology. but all through background, the geographical region was once usually an engine of financial job, the surroundings for agricultural and technological innovation, and its population have been often brokers of social and political swap. The Islamic urban is more and more considered within the context of lengthy and complicated tactics of city improvement. Archaeological proof demands an both nuanced interpreting of moving cultural and spiritual practices in rural components after the center of the 7th century.
Landscapes of the Islamic World provides new paintings via twelve authors at the archaeology, background, and ethnography of the Islamic global within the heart East, the Arabian Peninsula, and important Asia. the gathering appears to be like past the town to interact with the predominantly rural and pastoral personality of premodern Islamic society. Editors Stephen McPhillips and Paul D. Wordsworth team the essays into 4 thematic sections: harnessing and residing with water; agriculture, pastoralism, and rural subsistence; trade, creation, and the agricultural economic climate; and stream and reminiscence within the rural panorama. every one contribution addresses features of extra-urban lifestyles in not easy new methods, mixing archaeological fabric tradition, textual resources, and ethnography to build holistic reviews of landscapes.
Modern agrarian practices and inhabitants progress have speeded up the frequent destruction of mammoth tracts of historical, medieval, and early sleek landscapes, highlighting the urgency of scholarship during this box. This ebook makes an unique and critical contribution to a turning out to be topic region, and represents a step towards a extra inclusive realizing of the ancient landscapes of Islam.
Contributors: Pernille Bangsgaard, Karin Bartl, Jennie N. Bradbury, Robin M. Brown, Alison L. Gascoigne, Ian W. N. Jones, Phillip G. Macumber, Daniel Mahoney, Stephen McPhillips, Astrid Meier, David C. Thomas, Bethany J. Walker, Alan Walmsley, Tony J. Wilkinson, Paul D. Wordsworth, Lisa Yeomans.
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