Cotton, Climate, and Camels in Early Islamic Iran: A Moment in World History by Richard W. Bulliet | 9780231148368 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Cotton, Climate, and Camels in Early Islamic Iran: A Moment in World History

Cotton, Climate, and Camels in Early Islamic Iran: A Moment in World History

by Richard W. Bulliet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231148364

ISBN-13: 9780231148368

Pub. Date: 06/26/2009

Publisher: Columbia University Press

A boom in the production and export of cotton turned Iran into the richest region of the Islamic caliphate in the ninth and tenth centuries. Yet in the eleventh century, Iran's primacy ended as its agricultural economy entered a steep decline. Richard W. Bulliet advances several provocative explanations, for example that the boom in cotton production paralleled the

Overview

A boom in the production and export of cotton turned Iran into the richest region of the Islamic caliphate in the ninth and tenth centuries. Yet in the eleventh century, Iran's primacy ended as its agricultural economy entered a steep decline. Richard W. Bulliet advances several provocative explanations, for example that the boom in cotton production paralleled the spread of Islam and that Iran's agricultural decline stemmed from a significant cooling of the climate that lasted more than a century. Substantiating his argument with innovative quantitative research and scientific discoveries, Bulliet first establishes the relationship between Iran's cotton industry and Islam and then outlines the evidence for what he terms the "Big Chill." He then focuses on a lucrative but temperature-sensitive industry of cross-breeding one-humped and two-humped camels, concluding with an unusual concatenation of events that had a profound and long-lasting impact not just on the history of Iran but on the development of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231148368
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/26/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 How to Identify a Cotton Boom 1

Chapter 2 Islam and Cotton 42

Chapter 3 The Big Chill 69

Chapter 4 Of Turks and Camels 96

Chapter 5 A Moment in World History 127

Index 159

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