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.
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
Contemporary events in the Islamic world dominate the headlines and emphasise the crises of the Middle East and North Africa, yet the Islamic World is far larger and more varied than we realise. Current affairs there too mask the underlying trends and values that have, over time, created a fascinating and complex world. This new series is intended to reveal that other Islamic reality by looking at its history and society over the ages, as well as at the contemporary scene. It will also reach far further afield, bringing in Central Asia and the Far East as part of a cultural space sharing common values and beliefs but manifesting a vast diversity of experience and social order.