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LANDSCAPES OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD: ARCHAEOLOGY, HISTORY AND ETHNOGRAPHY. Ed. by Stephen McPhillips and Paul D. Wordsworth. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2016. 280 pp. with 56 ills. 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9780812247640 In English.
Publisher's description: 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 focus 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.
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Worldwide Number: 171423
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