The decline of Iranshahr : irrigation and environments in the history of the Middle East, 500 B.C. to A.D. 1500 / Peter Christensen.

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Published
  • [Copenhagen] : Museum Tusculanum Press : University of Copenhagen 1993
Physical description
351 p. : maps ; 26 cm.
ISBN
  • 8772892595
Notes
  • "Translated from Danish by Steven Sampson": T.p. verso.
  • Translated from the Danish.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-284) and index.
Contents
  • Acknowledgments.
  • Note on Transliteration and Measures.
  • List of tables.
  • Abbreviations.
  • Introduction: Universal History, The Middle East, and the Environmental Perspective. p. 1.
  • Pt. 1. Starting Points: Themes and Sources.
  • Ch. 1. "A Melancholy Prospect": Nomads, Islam, and Oriental Despots. p. 9.
  • Ch. 2. Middle East, Iranshahr, and the Persian Empires. p. 15.
  • Ch. 3. Sources. p. 23.
  • Pt. 2. Heart of Iranshahr: Mesopotamia and Khuzistan.
  • Ch. 4. Twin Rivers. p. 49.
  • Ch. 5. Construction of the Transverse Canals. p. 57.
  • Ch. 6. Zenith of Irrigation: Mesopotamia under Sassanian Rule. p. 67.
  • Ch. 7. Crisis of the Seventh Century: Environmental and Demographic Disaster. p. 73.
  • Ch. 8. From Crisis to Continued Decline: Mesopotamia between Two Plague Pandemics. p. 85.
  • Ch. 9. Khuzistan. p. 105.
  • Pt. 3. Oases on the Iranian Plateau.
  • Ch. 10. Environment and Irrigation Technologies. p. 117.
  • Ch. 11. Early Settlement Patterns. p. 127.
  • Ch. 12. Growth and Stabilization of the New Settlement Pattern: Djibal. p. 143.
  • Ch. 13. Fars. p. 163.
  • Ch. 14. Kirman. p. 179.
  • Ch. 15. Khurasan. p. 187.
  • Ch. 16. Azarbaydjan. p. 205.
  • Ch. 17. Recapitulation and Comparison: Contrasting Highlands with Floodplain. p. 215.
  • Pt. 4. Sistan.
  • Ch. 18. Physical Environment and Early Settlement. p. 223.
  • Ch. 19. Zenith of Sistan. p. 229.
  • Ch. 20. Decline of Sistan. p. 237.
  • Ch. 21. Decline and Resilience: Patterns in the History of Iranshahr. p. 247.
  • Bibliography. p. 255.
  • Notes. p. 285.
  • Dansk Resume. p. 333.
  • Index. p. 337.
Genre
  • Bibliography
  • Illustrated
  • text
Language
  • Danish
  • English

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