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Kennedy, Hugh (2011) 'The Feeding of the five Hundred Thousand: Cities and Agriculture in Early Islamic Mesopotamia.' Iraq, 73. pp. 177-199.

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This paper discusses the impact of the foundation of major cities in Mesopotamia in the early Islamic period (c. 636-900 CE) and their impact on the agricultural economy and rural settlement in the area. It considers the potential agricultural productivity of the area, the availability of river transport, the fiscal structure of the early Islamic state and the way in which it created demand for foodstuffs, and the development of the qaṭīca as a form of landholding which provided security of tenure and hence the encouragement of long-term investment in agricultural infrastructure.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
ISSN: 00210889
Copyright Statement: © The British Institute for the Study of Iraq 2011. This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2013 14:17

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