Early Islamic Agriculture and Water Management: Talking about a “Revolution”

Early Islamic Agriculture and Water Management: Talking about a “Revolution”

About The Event

Online Workshop

Date: April 28, 2022

Venue: Online (via Zoom)

Registration Deadline: April 27, 2022

Organized by: Hajar Archaeology

In the workshop, three archaeological case studies which relate to agriculture and/or water management during Early Islam will be presented, followed by responses and a discussion. These will enable another examination of Andrew Watson’s arguments from the 1980s about an “Arab agricultural revolution” or “green revolution” – this time from an archaeological perspective.


– Case studies (speakers: 30 minutes each)

• Helena Kirchner, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, The Green Revolution between technique transfer and local adaptation: The making of a new agricultural landscape in al-Andalus

• Vladimir Dabrowski, CNRS-National Museum of Natural History (Paris), What Islamic agricultural revolution in eastern Arabia? Recent archaeobotanical discoveries (1st millennium CE)

• Gideon Avni, Israel Antiquities Authority and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, A “Eurasian exchange”? The penetration of new agricultural and water management technologies into the southern Levant, 6th-10th centuries CE

– Discussion (discussants: 25 minutes each)

• Discussant: Chris Wickham, University of Oxford

• Discussant: Seven Ağır, Middle East Technical University (Ankara)

– General debate and questions (40 minutes)


• Sterenn Le Maguer-Gillon (Institut Catholique de Paris),

• Hagit Nol (Université libre de Bruxelles)

For registration (and zoom link), please write us to hajararchaeology@gmail.com

Source: h-net.org

  • Cost: Free
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