By Alan Mikhail
From Morocco to Iran and the Black Sea to the pink, Water on Sand rewrites the background of the center East and North Africa from the Little Ice Age to the chilly battle period. because the first holistic environmental background of the sector, it exhibits the intimate connections among peoples and environments and the way those relationships formed political, monetary, and social heritage in startling and unexpected methods. approximately all political powers within the sector dependent their rule at the administration and keep an eye on of normal assets, and approximately all contributors have been in consistent communion with the flora and fauna. to know how those a number of histories have been vital to the pasts of the center East and North Africa, the chapters during this publication facts the facility of environmental background to open up new avenues of scholarly inquiry.
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For a critique of certain aspects of the “Islamic green revolution” thesis, see Michael Decker, “Plants and Progress: Rethinking the Islamic Agricultural Revolution,” Journal of World History 20 (2009): 187–206. 17. Michael W. Dols, The Black Death in the Middle East (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1977); William H. McNeill, Plagues and Peoples (Garden City, NY: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1976); Alan Mikhail, “The Nature of Plague in Late Eighteenth-Century Egypt,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 82 (2008): 249–275; Michael W.
28. Christensen, Decline of Iranshahr. 29. See the relevant sections of McNeill, Mountains of the Mediterranean. 30. Wittfogel’s seminal work is Oriental Despotism: A Comparative Study of Total Power (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1957). For a more abbreviated form of his main arguments, see Karl A. Wittfogel, “The Hydraulic Civilizations,” in Man’s Role in Changing the Face of the Earth, ed. William L. Thomas, Jr. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1956), 152–164. For an example of the use of Wittfogel’s ideas outside of a Middle Eastern context, see Donald Worster, Rivers of Empire: Water, Aridity, and the Growth of the American West (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992).
Perdue, Daniel R. Headrick, Fabian Drixler, Diana K. Davis, Sam White, Ranin Kazemi, Helen Curry, Robin Schefﬂer, and Oxford University Press’s two anonymous reviewers. Notes 1. I use the terms MENA and the Middle East interchangeably throughout this chapter. 2. For works that discuss the Middle East as a Eurasian contact zone, see Janet L. D. 1250–1350 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989); Richard W. Bulliet, Cotton, Climate, and Camels in Early Islamic Iran: A Moment in World History (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009); Richard M.