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Y. Rapoport
Rural Economy and Tribal Society in Islamic Egypt
A Study of al-Nābulusī’s 'Villages of the Fayyum'

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XXIX+288 p., 12 b/w ill. + 4 colour ill. + 12 maps, 1 Chart, 18 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-57518-6
Languages: English
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This study of a unique and unparalleled thirteenth-century Arabic tax register of the province of the Fayyum in Middle Egypt offers a radically new perspective on the social and economic history of the medieval Islamic countryside.

The Villages of the Fayyum is a unique and unparalleled thirteenth-century Arabic tax register of the province of the Fayyum in Middle Egypt. Based on this tax-register, this book utilises quantitative research methods and spatial GIS analysis to provide a rich account of the rural economy of the medieval Fayyum, the tribal organization of the village communities, and their rights and duties in relation to the military landholders. It also draws on the rich documentary evidence of the Fayyum, which stretches back to the Greco-Roman and early Islamic periods, to trace the transformation of the Fayyum into a Muslim-majority and Arab province.
This volume thus offers a radically new perspective on the social and economic history of the medieval Islamic countryside. It makes a major contribution to the history of Islamic Egypt, its rural economy, and to our understanding of taxation and administration under the Ayyubids. Most importantly, its argument for the metamorphosis of the Coptic peasantry into Muslim and tribal Arab society has profound implications for Middle Eastern history in general, and challenges our modern concept of Arab identity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

List of Tables and Maps

Weights and Measures

Introduction

Chapter One: Al-Nābulusī and the Villages of the Fayyum

Chapter Two: The Fayyum, from the Ptolemies to the Ayyubids

Chapter Three: Land, Water and People in Ayyubid Fayyum

Chapter Four: Subsistence and Tribute

Chapter Five: Sugar, Orchards and Markets

Chapter Six: Landholding and the Regime of Iqṭāʿ

Chapter Seven: Village and Tribe

Chapter Eight: Christians and Muslims

Chapter Nine: The Tribal Conversion of the Fayyum

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Islam
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Social & economic history
Medieval History (400-1500) : subperiods
Central Middle Ages (c.900 -1250)
Pre-modern (but not ancient) history of other continents & subcontinents
General Mediterranean, incl North Africa & Middle East

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