Teaching the History of Muslim Rural Societies

Pre-modern Islamic societies were overwhelmingly societies of peasants, and the achievements of Islamic civilization depended, first and foremost, on agricultural production.  Even today, much of the world-wide Muslim population is still rural.  Most current teaching on Muslim societies, however, neglects and marginalizes the countryside.  

This resource aims to fill this gap by offering teachers in Islamic studies cross-disciplinary educational and bibliographic resources on the history of the countryside in the Islamic world.  It offers a curriculum and suggested readings for a one-term module, aimed at level 5, on the history of rural societies in the Muslim world.  The readings for this module bring together papers from the disciplines of history, archaeology, and anthropology. The resources included here are:

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