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Islamic societies of the prior 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 background and archaeology. but all through background, the geographical region used to be usually an engine of monetary task, the surroundings for agricultural and technological innovation, and its population have been usually brokers of social and political swap. The Islamic urban is more and more seen within the context of lengthy and intricate procedures of city improvement. Archaeological proof demands an both nuanced studying of moving cultural and spiritual practices in rural parts after the center of the 7th century.
Landscapes of the Islamic global provides new paintings through twelve authors at the archaeology, heritage, and ethnography of the Islamic global within the heart East, the Arabian Peninsula, and primary Asia. the gathering appears to be like past town to have interaction with the predominantly rural and pastoral personality of premodern Islamic society. Editors Stephen McPhillips and Paul D. Wordsworth workforce the essays into 4 thematic sections: harnessing and residing with water; agriculture, pastoralism, and rural subsistence; trade, construction, and the agricultural economic system; and circulation and reminiscence within the rural panorama. each one contribution addresses features of extra-urban existence in demanding new methods, mixing archaeological fabric tradition, textual assets, and ethnography to build holistic reviews of landscapes.

Modern agrarian practices and inhabitants development have speeded up the common destruction of enormous tracts of old, medieval, and early glossy landscapes, highlighting the urgency of scholarship during this box. This publication makes an unique and significant contribution to a starting to be topic quarter, and represents a step towards a extra inclusive realizing of the old 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.

Stephen McPhillips teaches within the division of Cross-Cultural and neighborhood reports on the collage of Copenhagen.

Paul D. Wordsworth is a member of the college of Oriental reports on the collage of Oxford.

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The same “engineer” (ḥaysub) and his two colleagues, all of them Christians according to the names and titles given in the document, were present on both occasions. The second delegation was accompanied even by the head engineer (mi‘marbashi) of Damascus, a Muslim, as well as by a delegate of the governor of the province. As already described, the building experts were there for practical reasons: they cut stones to mea sure and set them in the right positions, and this in front of the “public” that moved along with them from one spot to the next.

I shall start with some remarks as to the “state of the art” of water-related research in Ottoman studies. Following this is a close reading of the documents in order to highlight what can be learned from them for the study of materiality but also to name some of the difficulties one encounters in this undertaking. I shall conclude with some thoughts about the methodological issues this type of study opens for interdisciplinary cooperation. Water Water and accessibility to it are decisive factors in shaping human, animal, and plant life.

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