Land and Trade in Early Islam: The Economy of the Islamic Middle East 750-1050 CE

Land and Trade in Early Islam

The Economy of the Islamic Middle East 750-1050 CE
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No. of pages:576 pages
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Land and Trade in Early Islam discusses the latest developments in the field of early Islamic economic and social history, and explores the notion of polycentrism and the dialectic between global and local between 700 and 1050 CE. The volume explores the political mechanisms and the role of Islamic states in regulating and developing demand in the economy. The chapters question the binary of core/periphery, and demonstrate how the growing scholarship on the
liminal regions of the Caliphate has transformed our understanding of the early Islamic world by offering a more nuanced picture of its regional urban and socio-economic dynamics. Changes in the peripheries of the early medieval Caliphate have traditionally been conceived as resulting from initiatives by the
core. An increased focus on the comparatively under-explored regions in central Asia, north Africa, south-east Asia and the Caucasus has thrown this into question. Land and Trade in Early Islam draws on this growing body of scholarship to question the notion of peripherality, explore lines of economic influence and interdependence, and to better understand the regional economic, social and political dynamics of this period.
Table of Contents:
Part I: Economic Exceptionalism in Early Islam: Myth or Realityn
The Late Antique and Byzantine Context to early Islamic Mercantile Activity
An Islamic Agricultural Revolution
Part II: Politics of Investment
A. Caliphal Initiatives          
Caliphs, the Economy, and Political Separatism in the Hijaz
Power and Money on the Hajj
Early Islamic Water Management in Northern Mesopotamia
Landholding, Investment, and Irrigation in Lower Iraq
Dynamics of Agricultural Investment in al-Ahwaz in the Early Islamic Period
A Tale of Two Services: Fatimid Public Services to Control the Maritime Trade
B. Economic Initiatives from Religious Communities
The Imams as Economic Actors
Silent Partners: Christians in the Economy of Early Islamic Palestine
Part III: Local and Regional Trading Identities from the Maghreb to the Indian Ocean
The Ibadi Trading Communities of the Maghreb
Muslim Expansionism and the Formation of an Arabian Mercantile Complex in the Red Sea
Trade in the Comoros Islands
The Middle East as Seen by the Arab Geographers (Ninth to Tenth centuries): A Multipolar Urban Network
North-Eastern Mesopotamia as an Economic Area from an Archaeological Perspective
Infrastructure and Organisation of the Early Islamic Slave Trade with Northern Europe
Trade in Abbasid Armenia
The Islamic Trade Network in the Indian Ocean (Ninth to Eleventh Centuries): Locations and Practices