This edited volume represents the research results of two international conferences organized and sponsored by the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg: "Environmental Approaches in Pre-Modern Middle Eastern Studies" and "Material Culture Methods in the Middle Islamic Periods". The following work consists of three parts, which correspond to the themes of the aforementioned conferences (Contributions to Environmental History and Material Culture Studies) and a third which bridges the gap between the two approaches (Practice and Knowledge Transfer). The present papers cover a wide range of such topics as urban pollution, local perceptions of weather, rural estate economy, Sufi understandings of nature and the body and mind, houses and socialization, text and gardens, local know-how and interdependence in medieval Syrian agriculture, crop selection and the medieval agricultural economy etc.
About the Author
Dr Abdelkader Al Ghouz studied Islamic studies, translation and political science. He completed his Ph.D. in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Bonn. Since October 2016, he has been the academic coordinator for the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg Centre for Advanced Studies. His research focuses on Mamluk history, Islamic philosophy, theology, and contemporary Arabic thought.