Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen

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When anthropologist Varisco went to Yemen to study traditional irrigation and agriculture, he realized that people were using methods that were described in medieval texts, and that he could interpret and clarify the texts by watching. The 16 papers here emerged from his epiphany and were originally published in journals between 1983 and 1996. They describe such aspects as the rain periods in pre-Islamic Arabia, water sources and traditional irrigation in Yemen, the production of sorghum in highland Yemen, indigenous plant protection methods, agricultural time reckoning in the "Urjuza" of Hasan al-`Affari, a royal crop register, and an anonymous 14th-century almanac. Includes extensive passages in the original Arabic. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860786511
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: Collected Studies Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Arab Folk Astronomy
I The Origin of the Anwa' in Arab Tradition
II The Anwa' Stars According to Abu Ishaq al-Zajjaj
III The Rain Periods in Pre-Islamic Arabia
Pt. 2 Traditional Yemeni Agriculture
IV Water Sources and Traditional Irrigation in Yemen
V Sayl and Ghayl: The Ecology of Water Allocation in Yemen
VI The Ard in Highland Yemeni Agriculture
VII The Production of Sorghum (Dhurah) in Highland Yemen
VIII Indigenous Plant Protection Methods in Yemen
IX The Agricultural Marker Stars in Yemeni Folklore
X Al-Hisab al-zira'i fi urjuzat Hasan al-'Affari. Dirasat fi al-taqwim al-zira'i al-Yamani
XI Agricultural Time Reckoning in the Urjuza of Hasan al- 'Affari: A Study on the Yemeni Agricultural Almanac English Translation of 'Al-Hisab al-zira'i fi urjuzat Hasan al-'Affari. Dirasat fi al-taqwim al-zira'i al-Yamani'
Pt. 3 Medieval Yemeni Agriculture
XII Medieval Agricultural Texts from Rasulid Yemen
XIII A Royal Crop Register from Rasulid Yemen
XIV An Anonymous 14th Century Almanac from Rasulid Yemen
XV A Rasulid Agricultural Almanac for 808/1405-6
XVI Al-Tawqi'at fi taqwim al-zira'a al-majhul min asr muluk Bani Rasul [Details from an Anonymous Agricultural Almanac of the Rasulid Period]
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