Asia Before Europe: Economy and Civilisation of the Indian Ocean from the Rise of Islam to 1750

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CUP Archive, 1990 - Business & Economics - 477 pages
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This book explores the dynamic interaction between economic life, society and civilisation in the regions around and beyond the Indian Ocean during the period from the rise of Islam to 1750. Within a distinctive theory of comparative history, Professor Chaudhuri analyses how the identity of different Asian civilisations was established. He examines the structural features of food habits, clothing, architectural styles and housing; the different modes of economic production; and the role of crop raising, pastoral nomadism, and industrial activities for the main regions of the Indian Ocean. In an original and perceptive conclusion, the author demonstrates how Indian Ocean societies were united or separated from one another by a conscious cultural and linguistic identity. However, there was a deeper structure of unities created by a common ecology, technology, technology of economic production, traditions of government, theory of political obligations and rights, and a shared historical experience. His theory enables the author to show that the real Indian Ocean was an area that extended historically from the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf to the sea which lies beyond Japan.
 

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Contents

Blockhouse on the Mocha seafront the Yemen page
15
unities of discourse
19
structural integration
42
Dome of the Rock Jerusalem
52
Buddhist temple and stupa Pagnam pagoda Bangkok river
60
structural relationships and contra
71
The Great Turtle coming to rescue the shipwrecked people frieze
74
The structure of time and history
92
The preparation of a Central Asian nomadic banquet drawing
167
Servant collecting bread from a bakery in an Islamic town
175
clothing the architecture of symbolic power
182
Asaf Khan unknown artist early seventeenth century
192
The projecting wooden lattice in the window of a Cairo mansion
205
the structure of rural production
218
nomads and nomadism
263
the structure of industrial
296

Sun dial from the alAzahar mosque Cairo Egypt
95
Ottoman cannon cast for the Egyptian campaign of 151617
103
Nilometer measuring the level of the annual Nile flood from F L
109
The structure of space and society
112
Irrigated oasis in the desert Tihama datepalms and banana
117
Stepwell or baoli near Broach Gujarat India
136
food and drink
151
Blind pilgrim obtaining food at the dargah of Muin alDin Chisti
153
Historical dimensions of towns and cities
338
Conclusion
375
Notes
388
Glossary of theoretical terms
423
Bibliography
435
Index
465
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