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Title Landscapes of the Islamic World : archaeology, history, and ethnography / edited by Stephen McPhillips and Paul D. Wordsworth
Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc., [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 253 pages)
Contents The materiality of Ottoman water administration in eighteenth-century rural Damascus : a historian's perspective / Astrid MeierThe Islamic occupation of Qatar in the context of an environmental framework / Phillip G. Macumber -- Water management in desert regions : early Islamic Qasr Mushash / Karin Bartl -- Faunal distributions from the southern highlands of Transjordan : regional and historical perspectives on the representations and roles of animals in the middle Islamic period / Robin M. Brown -- Zooarchaeological perspectives on rural economy and landscape use in eighteenth-century Qatar / Pernille Bangsgaard and Lisa Yeomans -- Beyond Iron Age landscapes : copper mining and smelting in Faynan in the twelfth to fourteenth centuries CE / Ian W.N. Jones -- Ceramic production in the central highlands of Yemen during the Islamic Period / Daniel Mahoney -- Harnessing hydraulic power in Ottoman Syria : water mills and the rural economy of the upper Orontes valley / Stephen McPhillips -- The architectural legacy of the seasonally nomadic Ghurids / David C. Thomas and Alison L. Gascoigne -- The Northern Jordan Project and the "liquid landscapes" of late Islamic Bilad al-Sham / Bethany J. Walker -- "Presencing the past" : a case study of Islamic rural burial practices from the Homs Region, Syria / Jennie N. Bradbury -- Sustaining travel : the economy of medieval stopping places across the Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan / Paul D. Wordsworth -- Some reflections on rural Islamic landscapes / Alan Walmsley
Summary Islamic societies of the past have often been characterized as urban, with rural and other extra-urban landscapes cast in a lesser or supporting role in the studies of Islamic history and archaeology. Yet throughout history, the countryside was frequently an engine of economic activity, the setting for agricultural and technological innovation, and its inhabitants were frequently agents of social and political change. The Islamic city is increasingly viewed in the context of long and complex processes of urban development. Archaeological evidence calls for an equally nuanced reading of shifting cultural and religious practices in rural areas after the middle of the seventh century. Landscapes of the Islamic World presents new work by twelve authors on the archaeology, history, and ethnography of the Islamic world in the Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, and Central Asia. The collection looks beyond the city to engage with the predominantly rural and pastoral character of premodern Islamic society. Editors Stephen McPhillips and Paul D. Wordsworth group the essays into four thematic sections: harnessing and living with water; agriculture, pastoralism, and rural subsistence; commerce, production, and the rural economy; and movement and memory in the rural landscape. Each contribution addresses aspects of extra-urban life in challenging new ways, blending archaeological material culture, textual sources, and ethnography to construct holistic studies of landscapes. Modern agrarian practices and population growth have accelerated the widespread destruction of vast tracts of ancient, medieval, and early modern landscapes, highlighting the urgency of scholarship in this field. This book makes an original and important contribution to a growing subject area, and represents a step toward a more inclusive understanding of the historical 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Islamic civilization.
Land use, Rural -- Middle East -- History.
Rural development -- Middle East -- History.
Water-supply, Rural -- Middle East -- History.
Islamic countries -- Commerce -- History.
Middle East -- Rural conditions -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author McPhillips, Stephen, editor
Wordsworth, Paul D., editor
ISBN 0812292766 (electronic bk.)
9780812292763 (electronic bk.)