1st Edition

Technology, Tradition and Survival
Aspects of Material Culture in the Middle East and Central Asia

ISBN 9780714644875
Published January 30, 2002 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

The contributors address the history, originality, variety and sophistication of traditional science, technology and material culture in the Middle East and Central Asia, their influence on the history of Europe and the West, and the threat posed by modern Western technologies.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Arab and Islamic Contributions to European Civilization  TB and its Treatment in Medieval Islam  Al-Tibb al-Nabawi - The Prophet's Medicine  Early Arabic Cuisine - The Evidence from Medieval Arabic Medical Texts  Science and Technology in Islamic Building Construction  Wind and Watermills in Iran and Afghanistan  Pigeon Towers and Ice-houses on the Iranian Plateau  Sustainable Buildings - Middle Eastern Traditional Systems for the Future  From the Rash d ya to the Ordos - In Search of Early Mongol Tents   Material Culture of Pastoral Nomad - Reflections Based on Arab and Afghan Materials  Looms, Carpets and Kelims  The Survival of the Bazaar Economy in Iran and Contemporary Middle East  The Political Significance of the Bazaar in Iran  Impact of Wealth on Traditional Technologies in Rural Oman

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